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OTF Innovation Grant


The Pickering Football Club is excited to announce that we have received an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Seed Grant. This Seed Grant allows us to explore and test innovative ways to increase activity levels among members of priority populations, including newcomers, seniors, people with disabilities, LGBTQ, and indigenous populations in the Pickering/Durham Region.

Although the Pickering Football Club is facilitating this OTF Seed Grant and subsequent research, the research IS NOT specific to soccer. The research will investigate barriers associated with all recreational and sport opportunities within the Pickering/Durham area.

Based on previous programming, partnerships, and research, we have identified a number of community groups who remain isolated from recreational opportunities due to barriers. Increasingly, physical activity levels in Ontarians are declining due to age, ability, time, availability, cost etc, while priority populations continue to experience barriers that reduce access and participation.

Staring in January 2020, our research team will conduct several interviews with community groups, holding a series of round table discussions in a safe environment.  The data will then be summarised into a public report with proposed next steps and action items.

We would like to invite all those who are interested in assisting us with this research study to participate in an upcoming focus group.  Please RSVP to Tammy at 


Seniors (55+) Tues Feb 11

Pickering Soccer Centre

Event Room

Group is FULL!

Seniors Wed Feb 19

Viva Retirement

Private Group
People with Disabilities Wed Feb 19

Pickering Soccer Centre

Event Room

Community Sport Organizations Wed Feb 26

Chestnut Hill Dev. Rec Complex

1867 Valley Farm Road

Meeting Room #3

Seniors Wed Mar 4

Pickering Soccer Centre

Event Room

Group is FULL!

Cultural Groups Wed Mar 11 Pickering Welcome Centre 2pm-4pm


For more information on this exciting project, please contact:

Tammy Lyle-Gravlev: Project Coordinator, 905-831-9803 x 207

Laura Ricketts: Project Researcher