Sport & Rec: Expanding Access

In partnership with Sport & Rec, the Innovation Hub will continue last year’s collaboration to reimagine programs, services, and spaces through co-creation and student feedback. The data collected will inform the future of Sport & Rec offerings, prioritizing greater inclusion of students from equity-deserving populations.

Our Findings

Our work with Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education Sport & Rec began in Fall 2019. Select the project to learn more about its focus and findings.

Fall-Winter 2022-23

In partnership with the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education Sport & Rec, the Innovation Hub seeks to understand the needs and perspectives of students who are not currently engaged in Sport & Rec programs and spaces. With a particular focus on the needs of students with disabilities and those from equity deserving populations, the goal is to explore opportunities to engage the broader community in collaboration. 

We found that movement impacts every student’s life in some way. When students engage in movement, they discover more about themselves beyond just their academics and studies at the university. Of paramount importance across all stories was the idea that people need to feel safe when participating in physical activity, and when safety is created, students can find freedom in movement.

Our vision for the project is that when students engage in movement, they find freedom beyond the academic box.

Our findings play out in four themes:

  • Getting Started With Movement
  • Movement and Human Connection
  • Equalizing Space for Movement
  • Movement as Discovery

The expansion of access of Sport & Rec programs will need to accommodate the evolving needs of the growing community to meet the needs of present and future students who engage with Sport & Rec. Movement impacts every student’s life in some way. When students engage in movement, they discover more about who they are beyond their identity in an academic context. Emotional safety is of primary importance to students when making decisions to participate in movement. Learn more by accessing our report, which is linked below.

Sport & Rec Theme Visual


We found that central to the space is student well-being, which comes together in four themes:

  1. Being Alone Together
  2. Room to Connect
  3. A Home Away from Home
  4. One-Stop Shop

These themes contribute to students having solitary strength, community and support, comfort and security, and finally, access and accommodation. All of these elements are further discussed in the final report, along with journey maps and design principles to empower communities to design spaces that meet student needs.

Theme visualization of the project: a visual of many circles nested within one another, each circle representing a core need.