Advocacy

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Why write an advocacy letter?
There are three main reasons to advocate:

  1. To ensure sport issues are addressed
  2. To influence policy making and implementation
  3. To be part of the decision making process

To impact change in the Provincial sport system, it is our responsibility to voice our opinions and concerns to our elected representatives. Politicians monitor the amount of mail received from their constituents and try to act accordingly. If they start receiving several letters regarding a specific issue, they will develop a keen interest and concern for that particular cause.
It is suggested that for every letter a politician receives, thousands more feel the same way. So, it is up to us, leaders in the sport community, to TAKE ACTION and let our elected representatives know that sport is important!
Provincial issues that need to be addressed

  1. The government of Alberta to increase sport and physical education in schools
  2. To increase financial support to provincial sport system
  3. To increase financial support to high performance sport
  4. To invest in the renovation and construction of sport facilities
  5. To establish a Minister of Sport and Physical Culture
  6. To develop, implement, and adequately fund a provincial sport policy
  7. To increase financial support to municipalities to host more sporting events

Municipal issues that need to be addressed

  1. Municipal governments to invest in the renovation and construction of sport facilities
  2. To increase accessibility to sport facilities
  3. To develop, implement, and adequately fund a civic sport policy
  4. To increase financial support to local non-profit sport clubs, recreation centres, and physical activity initiatives
  5. To encourage participation and development of sport and physical activity by hosting sporting events such as marathons, tournaments, and Games

Federal issues that need to be addressed

  1. The Government of Canada to invest in a comprehensive sport development program
  2. To establish a Minister of Sport and Physical Culture
  3. To lead the creation of a national infrastructure program for sport and recreation
  4. To affirm a commitment to excellence and athlete-centered sport
  5. To increase financial support to high performance sport
  6. To invest in the renovation and construction of sport facilities and a National Training Centre
  7. To increase recognition and compensation for Canadian athletes that are Olympic and World Champions/medalists
  8. To recognize the relationship between health care and physical activity by creating initiatives that allow both departments to work together

Guidelines for writing advocacy letters

  • State clearly what you would like the reader (politician) to do
  • Explain briefly why you think he/she should do this. Help your reader understand the need for action on his/her part
  • Avoid giving so much detail that you annoy or bore the reader
  • Always provide a return address and other relevant contact information (phone, fax, email)
  • Show respect to the person you are writing the letter to
  • Make your letter personal; personalized letters hold more value than generic ones

Format for your advocacy letter

Your name and address
Date
Name of PoliticianTitle of PoliticianAddress of Politician
Salutation (Dear ________):
1st Paragraph: Identify what your concern or opportunity is.
2nd Paragraph: State the most important facts that support your cause. You want this paragraph to explain the most compelling reasons for action and the importance of your concern/opportunity.
3rd Paragraph: Talk about how the Politician can make a personal difference. Try to engage the reader in a personal way; refer back to the request and try to be brief.
4th Paragraph: Thank the politician for considering your request, and provide adequate contact information.
Closing
Your signature
Your typed name
Your title

 Sample Letters: Provincial | Municipal | Federal