Four Quesnel-based organizations are sharing more than $141,000 in the latest round of provincial gaming grants to support the delivery of local sport programs.

The Quesnel and District Minor Hockey Association is receiving $63,500 towards its Minor Hockey program. The Quesnel Youth Soccer Association is receiving $53,040 to enhance skill development and strengthen Youth Soccer leagues. Additionally, the Quesnel Aquatic Club is receiving $8,800 that will benefit its summer swimming program and the Cariboo Ski-Touring Club is receiving $16,170 towards its Youth Ski School including biathlon and enhancing its community participation and skill development programs.

“This grant money means that our small minor hockey association is able to keep fees reasonable so that all the children in our community can have the opportunity to play hockey,” said Mike Russell, President of Quesnel and District Minor Hockey Association. “We are grateful to the Government of B.C. for their continuing support of minor sports that allows the kids in communities like ours all over the province to stay active, learn new things and meet new people.”

“Quesnel Youth Soccer Association (QYSA) is thrilled to receive funding from the Province of British Columbia,” said President of the Quesnel Youth Soccer Association, Gilbert Schotel. “This will ensure the able to continue provided affordable soccer programing to the children of the Quesnel and the North Cariboo. QYSA provides inclusive programing for both female and male players of all skill levels from beginner to elite from the age of 3 to 18.”

“The talent of our youth and those of all ages and athletic abilities in the Quesnel and area is diverse,” said Cariboo North Coralee Oakes. “I am delighted this funding will give our community increased opportunities to participate in sports activities that will develop skills and maximize the athletes’ experiences.”

The Community Gaming Grants to these four organizations were made possible through the Sports and Arts and Culture intake. Grants through this intake go towards programs that contribute to the quality of life in a community, including assisting the disadvantaged or distressed, promoting health, or enhancing opportunities for youth.

Every year, the provincial government approves $135 million in gaming grants that benefit over 5,000 local organizations that serve communities throughout British Columbia.

Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find information and applications at pssg.gov.bc.ca/gaming.