Durham Region

Durham Region is a vibrant and moving community. This database was created by a team of dedicated KHS undergraduate students to identify organizations in the neighbourhoods that comprise Durham Region that support community-based non-profit/not-for-profit sport and physical activity programming and initiatives. Provincial sport organizations [P] and national (or global) sport organizations [N] have also been identified in the list below as these governing bodies are part of the sport and physical activity landscape.

Every effort was made to create a comprehensive list but if you have a suggestion about a non-profit or not-for-profit sport and/or physical activity program or initiative not listed in this database, please contact Dr. Parissa Safai at psafai@yorku.ca.

Name Description
Community Care Durham (Exercise + Fall Prevention Classes) A range of free and low cost services provided by Community Care Durham has been dedicated to provide care and support to adults in terms of their needs related to aging, physical and/or mental health. They provide assistance for their clients in their own homes and local neighbourhoods including: Ajax and Pickering; Brock; Clarington; Oshawa-Whitby; Scugog; and Uxbridge.  Services include home support, COPE mental health and respite (caregiver relief) services.
Dolphins Football Club Dolphins Football Club (DDF) aims to provide football players from Durham West and surrounding areas the best opportunity to learn, play and showcase themselves in the best possible leagues.
Durham Region Volleyball League Durham Region Volleyball is a co-ed, adult, not-for-profit volleyball league.
Durham Speedskating Club The Durham Speed Skating Club (DSSC) is devoted to the sport of speed skating in Ontario. DSSC provides coaching, training, and racing opportunities to its members in a fun and competitive atmosphere.
Durham West Girls Hockey Association The Durham West Girls' Hockey Association is a 'not-for-profit' corporation founded in 1993 which provides a wide range of hockey opportunities to girls and ladies of all ages.
FishAbility Sports Club FishAbility Sports Club provides sports and recreational programs to help support the physical, social and emotional well being of persons of any age or disability.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters - Clarington (Game On! Program) Big Brothers and Big Sisters facilitates life-changing relationships that inspire and empower children and youth to reach their potential. Locations include: Clarington; North Durham; and Oshawa-Whitby.
Boys and Girls Club of Durham Since 1963, the Boys and Girls Club of Durham (formerly Eastview Boys and Girls Club) has provided recreational and social development programs in Durham and has grown into one of the Region’s most established and effective youth serving organizations.
One Parent Families Association One Parent Families Associations provides opportunities to play recreational sports (volleyball and softball) at a reasonable price.
Optimist Club of Oshawa We are a group of dedicated local volunteers in service for youth. We support and initiatives designed to make a positive difference in the lives of youth.
Oshawa Senior Citizens Centres The Oshawa Senior Citizens Centres (OSCC) have been helping adults aged 55+ improve their quality of life through excellence in physical activity programs and services since 1968.
Grandview Children's Centre Grandview Children's Centre provides therapeutic recreation programs are offered for children and youth living in Durham Region with special needs.
Their Opportunity Their Opportunity provides low-income families with the means to enroll their children in local sports programs. By alleviating the financial costs of enrolment fees, children can develop the confidence, social skills and healthy lifestyle attainable through sport.
Abilities Centre The Abilities Centre is an internationally renowned, innovative community hub where people of all ages and abilities enrich their lives by engaging in social, health and cultural programs. The Centre delivers sports, health and fitness, arts and culture, leading-edge research, education and life skills programming in a welcoming, positive, and energetic environment.
Children's Wish Foundation Children's Wish Foundation helps Canadian children, families and communities by granting the favourite wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. [N]
Distress Centre Durham Distress Centre Durham helps people in distress to cope, by providing emotional support, crisis/suicide management and community education.
Durham Children Aid Society Durham Children Aid Society provides child protection services to children under the age of 16, and their families, who live in Durham Region.
Durham Farm and Rural Family Resources Durham Farm and Rural Family Resources provides quality and flexible children’s services and physical activity programs to farm and rural families in Durham Region.
Oshawa Community Health Centre (Mind, Body, Fitness Yoga program) Oshawa Community Health Centre provides a full range of health and wellness services and programs to clients of all ages across Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax and Pickering.
Oshawa Community Health Centre (Youth League Program) Oshawa Community Health Centre provides a full range of health and wellness services and programs to clients of all ages across Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax and Pickering.
Oshawa Kicks Soccer Club The Oshawa Kicks Soccer Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality soccer programs to the Oshawa community since 1975.
Durham Outdoors Club The Durham Outdoors Club is run by members for members. Hiking, canoeing, cycling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing are among the club's more common pursuits.
Durham Synchro Durham Synchro Club Inc. is a registered non-profit organization with Synchro Ontario. The club offers many programs that inspire athletes of all ages to stay fit for life, while also promoting the sport of synchronized swimming.
Ajax Scuba Club The Ajax Scuba Club is a "not-for-profit" organization made up of local recreational scuba divers and provides an avenue to dive in a safe and organized environment.
Ajax Acro's & Durham Gymnastics Academy The focus of Ajax Acro's & Durham Gymnastics Academy is to provide a safe and fun environment for all participants (both experienced and novice) to learn and experience the benefits of gymnastics at their own pace, in a safe and supportive way. The club is a not-for-profit organization run by parent volunteers that rely on membership fees and fundraising activities to pay for the equipment, facilities, and coaches.
Ajax Spartans Minor Baseball Association Ajax Spartans Minor Baseball Association is a not-for-profit baseball association that strives to bring the recreation and enjoyment of the sport of baseball to boys and girls ages 4 - 18. They currently offer two different programs: house league and rep league.
Ajax Wanderers Rugby Club The Ajax Wanderers Rugby Club provides opportunities and programs for youth, regardless of age, gender or economic hardship, to participate in safe, organized and competitive rugby at the community, provincial and national levels.
Resources For Exceptional Children Resources for Exceptional Children and Youth offers a range of services to hundreds of children and youth with special needs who live in Durham Region
Sunrise Youth Group Sunrise Youth Group provides quality recreational and life skills programming to individuals with special needs
YMCA The YMCA is a family-friendly centre, offering child care, camp, health and fitness services, and community programming.
Durham Greater Special Olympics Durham Greater Special Olympics is a volunteer driven organization. Athletes range in age, from 2 - 80 years and have the opportunity to train in 18 core sports.
Ajax Football Club Ajax Football Club is a not-for-profit organization, helping players achieve their true soccer potential by focusing on player and coaching development, while growing the game of soccer within their community.
Durham Warm Water Aquatic Program Durham Warm Water Aquatic Program has been designed to maintain or improve joint mobility, range of motion and a general feeling of well-being through gentle exercises performed in a warm water pool.