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Multi-Sport SOAR Program heads to Quesnel elementary school. Minister for Community, Sport and Cultural Development in attendance

SOAR (Sharing Our Activities and Resources), a multi-sport collaboration between Tennis, Golf and Curling, set for four-day interactive session at Red Bluff Lhatko Elementary in Quesnel

Richmond, British Columbia (BRITISH COLUMBIA GOLF)- The cooperative multi-sport program SOAR (Sharing Our Activities and Resources) will be in Quesnel, British Columbia from October 6-9, 2013 to deliver grassroots Tennis, Golf and Curling programming with the Minister for Community, Sport and Cultural Development Honourable Coralee Oakes in attendance. SOAR, a collaborative multi-sport delivery program created by British Columbia’s Not-for-Profit bodies representing Golf (British Columbia Golf), Tennis (Tennis BC) and Curling (Curl BC), brings age-appropriate modified equipment to elementary schools to promote participation in each sport. The program visits remote areas of the province at an affordable cost to schools.Funded by viaSport, SOAR, in partnership with the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council, will be visiting the Red Bluff Lhatko Elementary School in Quesnel starting Sunday, October 6th with a full-day comprehensive certification program for interested community sport individuals who seek to facilitate all three sports following the departure of the program. Complimenting the theory education will be practical, in-class sport whereby leaders will be mentored in the delivery of all three sports to Red Bluff Lhatko Elementary students starting with Tennis on Monday, October 7th, Golf on Tuesday October 8th and Curling on Wednesday October 9th.

Attending Monday’s in-class Tennis programming will be the Minister for Community, Sport and Cultural Development Honourable Coralee Oakes. Oakes, the MLA for Cariboo North and a resident of Quesnel, will get the opportunity to witness the implementation of  fundamental movements in alliance with the Canadian Sport 4 Life Model.

“Learning a sport is something that stays with a child for a lifetime,” said Oakes.

“Just like riding a bike, learning to swing a golf club or throw a curling rock sticks with you. That focus on skill development for lifelong benefit is what makes SOAR such a valuable program. Our government strongly encourages healthy, active lifestyles for all British Columbians. We want kids to develop confidence in their abilities, and the SOAR program is a perfect fit.”

Also in attendance over the four days of SOAR programming will be Sue Griffin, Executive Director of Tennis BC who, like the Honourable Coralee Oakes, sees value in a collaborative approach to delivering grassroots sports to all communities in the province.

“Working together with our partners in SOAR provides Tennis BC with a unique opportunity to deliver key fundamental movements in sport to young children in a fun, interactive environment,” stated Griffin.

“If they have fun while learning basic movements, hopefully we’ll inspire them to continue to be active and encouraged to play.”

Playing an integral role in continued sustainability of the SOAR program in the northern regions of British Columbia is the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council. Through a contribution agreement with SOAR, the Council has made avail key funding that provides the opportunity for SOAR to enter schools like Red Bluff Lhakto Elementary at a very minimal user fee. As a result of in-class introduction to the three sports, children experience and learn skills to use at local facilities within their community.

“Many smaller Aboriginal communities throughout the province don’t have access to Tennis, Golf or Curling facilities. This unique program has been a great opportunity for Aboriginal Youth to try a sport that they may not have otherwise had the opportunity to experience,” mentioned Joe Akerman. Manager of Regional Engagement with the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council.

“The SOAR facilitators are well trained over a 4 day period and do a great job of including all participants, whether they are a seasoned athlete or new to the sport being presented.”

SOAR will continue to travel throughout British Columbia during the 2013-2014 school year. For more information on bringing SOAR to your community, please contact Kathy Gook, Director of School Golf with British Columbia Golf at kathy@britishcolumbiagolf.org

Click here to learn more about the SOAR program at Red Bluff Lhatko Elementary

ABOUT BRITISH COLUMBIA GOLF

British Columbia Golf – a member-based organization governed by the British Columbia Golf Association (BCGA) – is the governing body of amateur golf in British Columbia and functions for the benefit of all golfers in the province. British Columbia Golf fosters and promotes the sport of golf, preserves the traditions and history of the game and provides a leadership role for the sport in British Columbia. British Columbia Golf’s Playground to Fairway (P2F) School Golf Program brings adapted equipment into the hands of tomorrow’s golfers. To learn more, visit www.britishcolumbiagolf.org

ABOUT CURL BC

Curl BC is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the development, promotion and organization of curling in British Columbia. Curl BC is also responsible for the championship system that declares provincial representation at National events. In cooperation with its Members, Curl BC provides service to both competitive and recreational curlers, including a variety of adaptive groups.  To learn more visit www.curlbc.ca

ABOUT TENNIS BC

Tennis BC is a non-profit, provincial sport association responsible for leading the growth, promotion and showcasing of tennis in British Columbia.   With our partners, we lead the growth of tennis by enhancing the profile, participation, and experience in all regions of British Columbia. To learn more visit www.tennisbc.org 

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For media inquiries:
Christopher McGrath
Manager, Communications and Marketing
British Columbia Golf
604 346 8003
chris.mcgrath@britishcolumbiagolf.org

 

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