SOAR – Sharing Our Activities and Resources – is a program developed by three provincial sport organizations (PSOs), Tennis BC, British Columbia Golf and Curl BC, to help elementary school students experience three great sports.
SOAR programs are designed to develop what’s called “physical literacy” – the basic movement kids develop to enhance their coordination. The program delivers FUN-damental movement, sport discovery skills, and physical activity in a safe and fun environment. It brings trained sports specific instructors to teach students the foundations of tennis, golf and curling without the hassle of booking courts, fields or rinks. The sports are played at each school with customized programs and equipment designed for elementary aged students.
SOAR Instructor/Coach Training Events
SOAR is hosting an Instructor Training Event in Surrey, BC, April 2-5, 2017. For more information or to register, please follow this LINK.
SOAR started out as a pilot program in early 2012 to bring curling, golf and tennis to rural communities all over British Columbia. Now the program has grown thanks to support and funding from the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada through the BC Sport Participation Program administered by viaSport.
This is what a participating teacher from Vancouver Island had to say about the program: “I would highly recommend this SOAR experience! It also motivated me to seek curling and golf activities for our students. Tennis, golf and curling are all great lifelong sports!”
Coaches and instructors are trained in delivery of the school sport program that each organization offers, providing schools with high quality FUN-damental movement skill education programs at low cost.
The three programs offered include:
- Egg Farmers’ Rocks & Rings, presented by Curling Canada
- Tennis BC’s Learn & Play Program
- British Columbia Golf’s Playground to Fairway Program
SOAR is available in the following school district areas:
- #5: Southeast Kootenay
- #34-45: Metro Vancouver Region
- #57: Prince George
- #58: Nicola-Similkameen
- #61-63: Greater Victoria Regional District
- #64: Golf Islands (upon request, additional fee applies)
- #68-69: Nanaimo-Ladysmith, Parksville-Qualicum Beach
- #71: Comox Valley
- #72: Campbell River
How do I request a booking?
For more information about the SOAR program in BC, contact Penny Bartel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-333-3620.