McRoberts to lead community sports body

Scott McRoberts will lead the ongoing development of Ontario’s Community Sport Councils.

His appointment was announced by Community Sport Councils Ontario which named a new management team which will be headed by McRoberts. Reporting to the CSCO Board of Directors, McRoberts and his team will lead planning, coordination and implementation of the CSCO business plan.

McRoberts was previously Executive Director of the Niagara Sports Commission and Chief Operating Officer of the San Francisco Sport Council, has taught in the Sports Management programs at Brock University and Niagara College, and has played key roles in organizing a number of major sporting events including the 2011 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships and the SAP Open Tennis Tournament of the ATP Tour. He will work with CSCO on a part-time contract basis.

Joining Scott will be Sport Industry and marketing veterans Clay Melnike and Bram Cotton on a part-time contract basis. Both Clay and Bram bring impressive resumes in the sport management, marketing sponsorship, sport development and sport council industry in Canada.

Community sport councils have played a significant role in Ontario as stewards of local sport development since the 1970s. Many Councils face challenges of financial sustainability. CSCO’s priority is to help community sport councils build effectiveness and sustainability through information sharing, planning, and the development of web based services.

Hamilton is represented in the councils through Sport Hamilton.

The Community Sport Council of Ontario will be reaching out to all sport councils, establishing relationships and conducting a needs assessment survey. The results of the survey will be used to structure the annual conference to be held in the spring of 2012 in Southern Ontario and develop resources to support sport councils at the local level. The conference format is designed to facilitate discussion, information sharing and best practices among Ontario sport councils. There will also be information sessions and speakers designed around the needs and issues of Sport Councils raised during the survey process.