New offering supports Football Canada with comprehensive services to reduce return to play risks and establish a new standard of health and safety in amateur sportsOttawa, June 24th, 2019 – Football Canada, the leading national governing body for football in Canada, Player’s Health, a risk management firm specializing in amateur sports and, BFL Canada the largest employee-owned and operated commercial insurance broker and consulting services firm in Canada, announced today a partnership to provide risk and compliance services to help organizations monitor and report injuries and abuse; establish protocols to mitigate risks; and improve the overall health and safety of athletes. “Football Canada is excited to be working on this partnership with Players Health and BFL. We believe this will be a great benefit to our membership and the organization as a whole. Safety as always been a top priority, and this is another tool to support teams and associations across the country” said Shannon Donovan – Executive Director at FOOTBALL CANADA. In Ontario, Rowan’s Law, Bill 193 was signed into law in early 2018. Since then, real change and adoption has been gradual as many youth sports programs still lack the tools and resources to comply with the act. The federal and provincial governments released strongly worded statements prioritizing actions to eliminate athlete harassment and abuse over the last year. Achieving this goal will require the proper tools to ensure the change expected. “We always want to be recognized as a leader in this space. As a proud partner of Player’s Health, this association allows us to be innovative by creating a user-friendly online risk management tool and establishing new standards of health and safety in amateur sport” said Sacha Vaillancourt, Team Leader Commercial – Sports and Leisure at BFL CANADA. Player’s Health’s Circle of Care Risk Management Suite is an interactive, digital risk management platform to quickly assess and provide guidance on the best care for the health and well-being of youth athletes. Circle of Care includes: injury protocols; rehab assignments; training session monitoring; and private, anonymous abuse and misconduct reporting. The platform also has a PIPEDA compliant interface simplifying the flow of youth athlete health information between coach, parent and healthcare provider. “We are extremely excited to partner with Football Canada and BFL CANADA, who embody our vision for making sports safer for young athletes. As a former player for the Calgary Stampeders, Canadian Football gave me the opportunity to live out my dream and understand the tools needed to make the sport safer,” said Tyrre Burks, Founder and CEO of Player’s Health. “Together, we are committed to providing all organizations of Football Canada regardless of size, status and geography with risk services through challenging issues.”
About Football Canada
Football Canada is the National Governing Body of Canadian Amateur Football, which represents tackle, touch and flag components including players, coaches, officials and administrators. Through the guidance of the Board of Directors and the National Office, Football Canada’s mission is to initiate, sustain, and encourage programs, services and activities targeted at all levels, from the novice to the elite, which foster safe and ethical participation in amateur football. About BFL Canada
BFL was founded in Montreal in 1987 by Barry F. Lorenzetti. He was quickly joined by others who shared his vision, and from then on, the company grew by the constant addition of professionals who were recognized as leaders in their niches. Today, with offices in fourteen cities across the country and over 700 employees, BFL caters to the needs of clients, large and small and from all industry segments. About Player’s Health
Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Player’s Health is a sports services organization that provides risk management and reporting tools to sports organizations to comply with the changing athletic environment and responsibilities. Player’s Health works towards creating the safest environment for athletes and views the health and safety of athletes as a priority in today’s sports landscape. This requires creating and maintaining products that provide a circle of care for safety, trust, accountability, and accessibility for athletes. In doing so, Player’s Health is a company where mission drives the business and creates an environment where fun and peace of mind lives in sports. For more information on Player’s Health, visit www.playershealth.com.