KidSport Fort Saskatchewan is expecting to see more requests for help in 2022.

The organisation helps pay for kids in the community to play sports. In the last few years, their numbers have been down, helping about 67 kids in 2021. Before the pandemic, they would usually help up to 160 a year.

With activities able to carry on without provincial restrictions, KidSport expects those numbers to bounce back to normal this year. Already they have had over 50 applications only five months in.

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) also recently gave KidSport Alberta $2-million to pay for 100 per cent of hockey registration fees, which KidSport Fort Saskatchewan chairperson Janice Lupul believes will also help improve their numbers.

"We're anticipating that 2022 is going to be the resurgence year where families are more comfortable getting their kids back involved in sporting activities. We're anticipating that 2022 could very well be our highest funding year ever."

They believe they could get up to 200 funding requests this year, which Lupul said the boost in funding from EOCF will help a lot with.

Families can put in funding requests for KidSport Fort Saskatchewan here. They serve Fort Saskatchewan, Bruderheim, Lamont, Gibbons, Redwater and Bon Accord.