Youth & School Programs
Clubs, Schools and Physical Education programs are a great avenue for introducing the sport of curling to children and youth. Contact your local club to find out details about joining their youth leagues. Click here to find a club near you.
The First End Youth Program is a development league for young curlers on Vancouver Island. Click here for more information
Club Junior Coordinators
In addition to the Premier’s Sports Awards Program there are a number of programs available through Curl BC to help you develop your children and youth programs.
Let’s Rock and Let’s Rock and Roll – are two separate booklet resources that provide basic information about curling, skills and playing the sport. Let’s Rock is designed for the mainstream player, while Let’s Rock and Roll is designed for the player who uses a wheelchair. These resources are available for purchase from Curl BC.
Curl BC Skill Awards Program – is a five level series of tests designed to reward skill development for Red (Novice), Blue (Junior), Bronze (Intermediate), Silver (Intermediate) and Gold (Advanced) Levels. The Skill Award Manual and accompanying badges can be ordered through Curl BC.
20 Weeks Programs – provides lesson plans, games and activities for a 20-week program of skill progression designed for club-level youth. The manual is an excellent resource and can be purchased from Curl BC.
Optimists’ Getting Started in Curling Camps – Planned annually in partnership with the Curl BC office, these curling development camps provide novice players with the opportunity to learn from more experienced youth, under the leadership of adult mentors. Skill development, youth mentorship and regional networking are encouraged through these camps. For more information, contact Penny Bartel
Click here for a resource order form for these materials.
Rocks & Rings School Program – This program is aimed at elementary schools and brings instructors right to your own gymnasium. Click here for more details.
Contact your local curling club to inquire if they have a “school program” where classes can visit the rink and receive introductory instruction from volunteer instructors.
Getting Started in Curling – developed by the Canadian Curling Association and available through Curl BC, this resource provides teachers with classroom curriculum-based materials around a curling theme. Includes skill development activities both on and off the ice.
Premier’s Sports Awards Program P.S.A.P is a province-wide, multi-sport physical education program that provides easy-to-follow lesson plans, skill progression, and a recognizable rewards program (skill badges). All of the PSAP program material are free of charge to BC Schools and are available at a minimal charge to the community groups. While PSAP is designed specifically for teachers and schools, it is also applicable to any community group interested in learning more about Curling.
BC School Sports – provides inter-school competitive curling opportunities. Click here for more information.
Parents and Caregivers
What can you do to encourage the development of curling in your community?
Advocate for inclusion of curling in your child’s school, in the physical education program; or in community groups such as Girl Guides, Boy Scouts, church youth groups, etc. Curling provides an excellent opportunity for positive group bonding to occur as well as the promotion of healthy life habits and building strong communities.
Canadian Sport for Life, A Sport Parent’s Guide – is available as a resource to you as you guide your child towards a lifetime of active living. This excellent resource provides information on the developmental stages of your child’s physically active life, the sport pathways, importance of training and guidelines for training, and the stages of the Canadian Sport For Life Model.
Volunteer to support your local club’s youth curling initiatives. You can help with phoning other parents, fundraising, set up and clean up, providing meals, marketing the program, developing ideas..the sky is the limit!
Invite a family friend to join you at your club’s Open House or membership recruitment event.
Organize a Your First End in the World of Curling Open House event at your club and extend invitation to local immigrant groups, youth community groups, service organizations and other sport groups. Assistance and resources are available through the Curl BC Office.