True Sport is a series of programs and initiatives designed to give people, communities, and organizations the means by which to leverage the many benefits of sport from a platform of shared values and principles.
Keep exploring this webpage to learn more about True Sport, why it matters, and how it is activated within FHO.
Anyone who has joined True Sport and continues to play, train, compete and/or offer a sport experience that is consistent with the True Sport Principles is part of True Sport. True Sport includes every sport at every level: from little-leaguers to Olympians, from archery and hockey to basketball and track. True Sport also includes communities whose leaders understand that sport is a powerful driver of health and social connectedness in cities and towns across the country.
True Sport lives across Canada in communities of every size and in sport organizations at every level. True Sport athletes who compete internationally bring the spirit of good sport with them wherever they go.
Every year, millions of Canadians come together through sport. In every province and territory, community sport inspires friendship, learning, health, and personal growth. Canadians tell researchers that after the family, sport is the most powerful influence on young people’s development.
True Sport exists to try to create the right conditions for individuals to experience good sport, to value it, commit to it, nurture it and stay connected to it all their lives. True Sport wants to create good sport communities from coast to coast because we know that good sport can make a great difference in the lives of our kids, and we believe that the way we play together shapes how we live together.
Good sport does not happen by chance! Sport falls short of its potential when negative behaviour gets in the way of the positive things sport can teach us about working together, respecting each other’s efforts, and handling both victory and defeat with the grace of a champion.
By promoting True Sport's campaigns, messaging, and resources to the FHO Community including:
The True Sport Principles express an approach to sport that the vast majority of Canadians already believe in and practice. Although widely embraced, these principles often go unspoken. So when they are violated — when people’s attitudes and actions threaten healthy and respectful competition — supporters of good sport can be caught off guard, unsure how to stand up for the sport they believe in.
For sport to be truly good and have the opportunity to make the greatest difference, all seven of these principles need to be in play at all times, working in perfect balance with one another.
FHO's #NoUmpsNoGame social media campaign is dedicated to bringing awareness to the maltreatment of officials in sport. Officials play an essential role in sport, and due to increasing incidents of maltreatment, their participation is declining at an alarming rate.
Sport Manitoba and True Sport launched the #NoRefNoGame campaign in September 2020.
The message is simple; sport officials need to be treated with respect, because without them, there would be no game.
Check out our Field Hockey specific tile to the left and join us in sharing the message of #NoUmpsNoGame.
A video reminding parents of the huge impact your choice of words has on your child’s sport experience.
Additional videos and resources are linked below to aid parents in understanding their choice of words.
The True Sport infographics describe ways to live the True Sport Principles based on your role in sport. The infographics present activities, resources and ideas to help you bring True Sport to life.