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'1-Stop Registration' event slated

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Do you or your child still need to register for a sport, club, or recreational activity?

Well, tomorrow will be the time to do so as KidSport is hosting a “1-Stop Registration” open house from 5-7:30 p.m. in the arena auditorium.

Representatives from more than 20 different sports groups and clubs will be offering information and accepting registrations during the event.

The open house is a great opportunity for parents to learn about all the different programs in the community.

And with many of them open to all ages, it leaves the option to participate, as well.

“The purpose is to make registration easier for families and adults,” said event organizer Elaine Fischer.

“The idea was to just make it a one-stop registration night for any sport or recreation activity that anybody might be interested in.”

Programs range from badminton, curling, dance, and karate to air cadets, Fort Frances first responders, Energy Fitness, boat club, and more.

KidSport is a children's charity dedicated to providing financial assistance to families that otherwise could not afford to enroll their kids in sports.

The purpose of the event is to not only streamline the registration process but also promote KidSport's services.

“If families do require some sort of financial support to register their kids in sport, this organization can help,” Fischer said.

Fischer is hoping more than 50 families attend the event but is unsure of what to expect, with this being the first one of its kind hosted here.

Several other communities around the region hold a similar event but this is the first time a one-stop registration has come to Fort Frances, Fischer noted.

“We're hoping that this is a stepping stone we can build on,” she reasoned.

“In the future, we'll hopefully encourage more clubs to move to this one- or two-night mass registration instead of having the groups in and out of locations all around town.”

Fischer hopes to make this an annual event if all goes well and organizers see a significant turnout.

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