VICTORIA – Volunteers at interschool sport competitions will receive liability insurance coverage through B.C. Schools Sports, thanks to a $45,000 grant from the Ministry of Education, Minister Shirley Bond announced today.

?For the third year, we are providing liability insurance protection to ensure volunteers can work with teams and sports in secondary schools,? said Bond. ?By encouraging volunteer support for school sports, more students get a chance to be active and compete. I am very proud of the great working relationship we have with B.C. School Sports.?

The grant covers insurance costs in the 2009-10 school year for all 18 sport commissions in their efforts to host league, zone and provincial secondary school championships.

?Our organization appreciates this

funding that supports our volunteers and coaches in providing students with athletic opportunities,? said Raj Puri, president of B.C. School Sports. ?We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Province to provide a balance between athletic and academic excellence for students.?

B.C. School Sports is an independent, voluntary non-profit society, with a membership of 400 schools, that serves more than 100,000 high school student athletes. For more than 40 years, BCSS has been a leader in supporting extracurricular sports in the B.C. school system. Its mission is to provide governance for interschool competition, encourage student participation in extra-curricular athletics and help schools develop and deliver those programs.

?Sports in school are vital to keeping our children active and fit,? said Minister of Healthy Living and Sport Mary Polak. ?We?re pleased to support volunteers in serving such an important role, supporting a healthier B.C.?

Statistics show that one in four B.C. schoolchildren is overweight or obese. To further promote healthy choices and lifestyles in children and youth, the Province has mandated daily physical activity for students and has eliminated the sale of junk food in elementary, middle and secondary schools. More information about these programs can be found at