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Capital One Rocks & Rings a Success in Nelson

In 2010 the Nelson Curling Club embarked on a high profile mission: to be one of the winning communities in the Kraft/TSN Celebration Tour. While ultimately falling just short of winning the community support prize, their journey did raise significant awareness and support. So much so that local donors the Nelson Curling Club, the Nelson Midsummer Bonspiel, and the Osprey Community Foundation stepped up to provide enough funding to partner with Curl BC and become the first community outside of Metro Vancouver to offer the Capital One Rocks & Rings program.

One short year later and results are already being seen. “The program has been extremely well received by students and teachers everywhere we go”, exclaimed Terri Richardson, Vice President of the Nelson Curling Club. “The results were beyond our planned goals. We projected seeing 500 kids with the program in year one and in the end we reached over 1,100”.

Schools are already registering to take the program during the 2011-12 school year, and are incorporating on-ice curling into their winter activities program. Most importantly, the Nelson Curling Club reports its junior membership is up 77% (from 18 to 32) which they directly attribute to the Rocks & Rings program.

The program also allowed the Club to employ youth instructors in delivering it to the kids. “Not only does this program introduce curling to young students in a fun and innovative way, the positive spin-off is that it aids in the positive growth of the young trainees who deliver the program”, explained Richardson.

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