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Jumpstart: Play to Lead

Play to Lead

Unleashing women's power through sport

Play to Lead enables young women to develop the skills, confidence and relationships to become leaders, while improving gender equity and diversity in sport. The hybrid program unites a group of female athletes and their coaches, empowering them to reach their full potential and fostering a powerful network of girls in sport in Canada.

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What to Expect

Jumpstart is excited to be launching our second year of the Play to Lead program! This year the program will be expanding and will be open to young female athletes and their coaches from both the Greater Toronto Area and the Edmonton Metropolitan Area. The program will kick of with in-person Summit at both locations in in Fall 2023.

Each Summit will have athletes coming together for a weekend of networking and leadership skill development. Supported by their coach, athlete participants can expect to learn about leadership in sport in a fun social setting and make lasting friendships.

Following the Summit, Play to Lead programming will move online. Athletes will be required to participate in regular online sessions and complete short assignments throughout the program to support their learning. The virtual component of Play to Lead will be hosted on a web-based platform accessible through a computer, tablet, or smartphone that is connected to the internet.

Athletes will be mentored by their coaches throughout Play to Lead, identifying opportunities to apply their learnings during practices and games.

Our Commitment

At Jumpstart, we know that gender equity builds better sport! Our hope for Play to Lead is for female athletes and their coaches to gather, learn, empower one another, and build lasting bonds to contribute to gender equity in their local sports community.