Bounce Back League

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To increase physical and mental health of members of Boys and Girls Clubs (BGC) through trauma-informed sport programming.


  • To design and deliver a trauma-sensitive sport and recreation program
  • To train Boys and Girls Club staff on trauma-informed practice and build capacity to embed this approach throughout the organization
  • To increase Boys and Girls Clubs connections to community organizations
  • To determine the effectiveness of trauma-informed sport program in a Boys and Girls pilot Club through intervention research
  • To engage in knowledge translation activities to share the results of our intervention research and best practices within our own BGC network, as well as with


Development Phase

  • Consult with club staff and youth to test out concepts skills and design principles
  • Develop a curriculum manual and training guide on trauma-informed practice and sport
  • Convene Advisory Committee

Pilot Phase

  • Pilot implementation and intervention will begin
  • First training for club staff from pilot sites will be held
  • Curriculum manual and training guides will be designed and printed

Continued Implementation

  • Program delivery and intervention research continues at 3 clubs
  • Curriculum may be updated to ensure program is effective
  • Additional training will take place
  • A Master trainer manual will be developed, designed, and printed


  • Program delivery and intervention research
  • National training will be held
  • Master trainers will be identified and developed and will undergo additional training

Knowledge Dissemination

  • Program will continue to be delivered in pilot clubs and in additional clubs
  • Knowledge dissemination at club and national level
  • Intervention research report will be developed
  • Community meeting in Toronto will be held to share findings of the project



Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is a leading provider of quality after school and out of school programs to children and youth.
In Partnership with Dr. Tanya Forneris
Edgework Consulting


Spring/Summer 2017

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, in collaboration with Edgework Consulting, is nearing completion of the program development phase of the project.  A train-the trainer methodology is being implemented to assist with transfer of learning to additional Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada organizations. Training of local trainers and master trainers will commence in September 2017 at three Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada sites. Beta testing of the program will be conducted this summer.