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Beyond the Playground

Beyond the Playground is about promoting physical literacy and improving the fundamental movement skills of our youth. While children will learn valuable skills, all of the programming is based around fun, interactive activities, inspired by games and sports commonly played on the playground.

All programming will be held in the gymnasium of Harriet Tubman Public School (84 Henry Street, St. Catharines) and registration is open to all children in Niagara.

Visit our website for programs for children, youth and adults of all ages.

Register online

Register in person

  • St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre
    425 Carlton Street
  • City Hall - Citizens First Counter
    50 Church Street
  • Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre
    240 St. Paul Street West

Beyond the Play Ground Programs will resume in the September 2016

Program detailsBeyond The Playground

  • Registration fees vary, depending on the program.
  • Most programs run for 10 - 12 weeks, depending on the session.
  • Register early as space is limited in most programs.
  • Participants must wear non-marking indoor shoes.

Beyond the Playground Programming

Basketball Superfit (6 - 10 years)No Limit Performance

Building a Physically Literate Community -
The City of St. Catharines is recognized by Canadian Sport 4 Life as one of the top 10 municipalities in Canada for the advocacy of children's physical literacy.  Our philosophy which is shared by No Limit Performance Basketball is that at the core of every young successful recreational athlete is both self-confidence and physical competence.  To that end, our new Superfit program has been designed to be unique and cutting edge.  The program is a combination of athletic mastery, on court calisthenics, a globally celebrated basketball skill development program and the fundamentals of teamwork and group play.  Programs are bundled to save parent money however the weekday basketball skills component is optional.


Basketball Superfit









Development &

Basketball Team




  Playball life skills through sports skills

Playground - Indoor Floor Hockey with Coach John (6 - 8 years)

Floor hockey is fun, exciting and fast paced with enormous physical benefits.  Coach John will lead participants through skills and drills in accordance with Playball's international philosophy of progressive learning in a supportive environment.  Bring your own CSA approved helmet.  All other equipment supplied.



Futsal - INDOOR SOCCER (6 - 10 years)Futbol Niagara Logo

Proudly partnered with Futbol Niagara

Futsal is the only FIFA sanctioned indoor soccer which is played 5 on 5. Emphasis is on basic soccer skills, developing reflexes, coordination, ball control, playmaking awareness, fitness training and physical literacy.  Compared to typical soccer, each player touches the ball up to 210% more often in Futsal.  Registration fee includes t-shirt and water bottle for every participant.



Friday Night Open Gym - Drop In

Open gym is a drop-in recreational basketball program. The players are responsible for making their own pick up teams. Pick up rules can be found posted on the wall in the gymnasium in case players are not familiar with the process. City staff will be onsite in the gym at all times to enforce the fair play rules and to ensure that all participants act in a manner which is safe and fun. Parents are also welcome - make it a family night.  No pre-registration required as this is a drop-in program.

Fall 2016 SESSION DATES: Sept. 23 - Dec. 16, 2016.

Exclusion Date: Friday, Oct. 7 and Nov. 18 (open gym cancelled)

Winter 2017 SESSION DATES: Jan. 13 - Mar. 28, 2017.

Exclusion Dates: Friday Jan. 20, Feb. 17, Mar. 17, 2017.

Drop-In Fee: $2.00 per participant (payable at the door)

  • Friday:    6 - 8 p.m. (11-13 years)
  • Friday:    8 - 10 p.m. (14-17 years)


Ontario logoThe Ontario government has contributed $53,000 from the Ontario Sport and Recreation Community Fund to support Beyond the Playground.

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