BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
SCUGOG: A group of local children and their parents were given a life-changing opportunity this hockey season - the chance to take part and play hockey for the first time, complete with skating lessons and head-to-toe gear outfitting.
Thanks to The First Shift program, which is put on by Bauer and Hockey Canada, kids and their families can ease into the sport of hockey in a fun and friendly environment. The program begins with a Welcome Event, which offers information and fun activities that help build kids’ confidence, and make them more comfortable in the hockey environment.
For a one-time fee of $199, children are given six on ice sessions - one per week on the same day, at the same time to make it convenient for parents to schedule. The focus for the on-ice sessions is fun, teaching kids basic skating and fundamental hockey skills through play.
Part of a multi-year commitment from Bauer and Hockey Canada, The First Shift is a national plan, which will roll out across Canada. Beginning this fall, 32 minor hockey associations across Canada, such as the Port Perry Minor Hockey Association, have been selected to host The First Shift program for local youth. Based on demand, future programs are anticipated for hundreds of associations in the coming seasons.
This program brought smiles and bonding to the faces of the families who took part, and aimed to break down barriers of entry, by offering a program that is accessible, affordable, and most importantly, fun.
To learn more about The First Shift, visit: www.thefirstshift.ca. For program information, or to learn more about the Port Perry Minor Hockey Association, please contact Raymond Paton - VP Development for Port Perry Minor Hockey - by e-mail at vpdev@PortPerryMinorHockey.ca.
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