Funding Support

Quite often, the cost of sport can sideline a young athlete. While our Club works extremely hard to keep fees as low as possible, the reality is this is still out of reach for many families. Durham Rebels works with the youth organizations below to help support young athletes missing out on sport due to financial barriers.

If your child is not able to take part in one of our programs, our Rebels for a Cause initiative may offer funding support to families who have qualified through one or more of the agencies below. Send a confidential email to if your child may be sidelined to due your family’s financial barrier.

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Canadian Tire Jumpstart provides young people ages 4-18 years with funding to take part in sustained programs that involve a sport or physical activity. We are proud to be an approved Jumpstart agency. To learn more, visit the Canadian Tire Jumpstart page for Individual Child Grants.

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KidSport provides grants to kids from families facing financial barriers so they can participate in registered sport programs and experience the lifelong benefits of a season of sport. KidSport Ontario provides grants of up to $250 per eligible kid, per year (January 1st – December 31st) towards sport registration fees.

Trevor Barton Foundation provides qualifying families with up to $300 of funding per child for participation in sports or physical activity.

Koot-Stone Founders’ Bursary

The Koot-Stone Founders’ Bursary is named after Paul Koot and Lee Stone who founded Durham Rebels Volleyball Club back in 2001. As educators in the elementary school system, both saw a growing need to give young athletes a volleyball program that focused on teaching players life skills beyond the volleyball court. The importance of academics, athletics, family, citizenship, integrity, and commitment were our guiding principles back in 2001 and remain our guiding principles today.

The Founders’ Bursary is awarded to an athlete who is pursuing post-secondary education and exemplifies the Club’s guiding principles. In addition to being an exemplary teammate and student, the selection committee seeks applications from athletes who are active volunteers in their community while being exceptional ambassadors to both the sport of volleyball and the Club.

Past recipients:
2018 Hannah Amos
2019 Mackenzie Geofroy
2020 Lauryn Langley
2021 Sarah Hewer
2022 Ashleigh Elford
2023 Victoria Herrington

All grade 12 graduating athletes may apply for the Koot-Stone Founders’ Bursary. While only one recipient will be chosen for the Gold Bursary ($500), additional smaller bursaries may be awarded based on available funding. A selection committee will review all applications and announce the recipient at the Club’s year-end banquet in May. Eligible athletes:

  • Must complete and submit the required application between April 15-30 of their graduating year
  • Must be in their first year as a grade 12 student and pursuing post-secondary education within 8 months of graduation
  • Are recognized by their peers and coaches as a positive and supportive teammate
  • Exemplify the guiding principles established by our Club’s founders
  • Will be a member, in good standing, with the Club at the time of their application and receipt of their award
  • Names and teams are removed from applications before being forwarded to the committee.

Preference may be given to an athlete who has committed to playing volleyball at the post-secondary level.

Application period: April 15-30. Send the completed application to