Learn To Skate, News (Whitchurch Stouffville Minor Hockey Association)

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Sep 28, 2023 | webmaster | 312 views
Learn To Skate
Whitchurch-Stouffville children and teens who don’t know how to skate can learn free of charge this fall, thanks to a popular local program. Learn to Skate is aimed at girls and boys aged 8 to 14 years old who want to learn the fundamentals of skating. The program, which was launched in Stouffville in 2022. Fall and winter sessions proved very popular with local residents. Sessions were filled quickly and a waiting list created. The program, which is being supported by Hockey Canada, is fully sponsored by Stouffville’s Kids First Fund and the Whitchurch-Stouffville Legacy Fund.

“It's all about building community through skating,” Peter Harmsen of the Kids First Fund. “We know there are kids and teens in Stouffville who have never been on skates. We want to give them that opportunity to hopefully pick up a pastime they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.”

The program includes two sets of 10 sessions held Tuesdays from Oct. 17 to Dec. 19 from 5 to 6 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. at the Stouffville Arena, Pad A, 12438 Ninth Line, Stouffville. Participants will spend one hour on ice each week with a very high ratio of instructors to skaters. Instructors will include volunteer facilitators from the Ontario Minor Hockey Association Coaching Program.

There will be a maximum of 35 participants in each session. A priority will be given to Whitchurch-Stouffville residents.

Each participant will receive a complimentary jersey.

Participants will be sized for hockey equipment and provided a checklist of items they need during an orientation session Oct. 10 at the Stouffville Arena.

“They’ll learn the fundamentals of skating,” said Harmsen. “And we hope this program will encourage them to come and try hockey with the Whitchurch-Stouffville Minor Hockey Association, Stouffville Markham Stars Girls Hockey Association or the Stouffville Figure Skating Club. It allows children who are unsure about playing hockey the opportunity to try without committing to an entire season.

“But if they never play hockey, they’ll know how to skate.”

 Only a few spots remaining

2023 October Learn To Skate registration link