KWSC is proud to give back to the community by offering our SchoolSkate program, which aims to provide opportunities to children who may otherwise not have the opportunity to learn to skate.
In the past, schools were able to provide some introduction to skating; however, most unstructured school skating opportunities are offered late from a physical literacy development perspective, and the experience can be intimidating and exclusionary for those without access to skating equipment, or with limited skating proficiency. Recent insurance and helmet issues have prevented most schools in our region from offering skating activities.
We have developed a way to overcome these problems by providing high quality structured learn-to-skate instruction taught by professional coaches during school hours when ice is readily available. Grade 1 students come to RIM Park for five weekly 50-minute skating lessons. While schools across all socioeconomic backgrounds participate, we have been able to find some financial partners who specifically support student participation in the program. Below is a video that was launched in 2016 that oultines the needs and outcomes of the program.
For more information, Grade One teachers interested in SchoolSkate are invited to contact the KWSC Membership Services Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SchoolSkate has been postponed indefinetly.
The KWSC SchoolSkate program operates in partnership with the following educational bodies:
Waterloo Region District School Board
Waterloo Catholic District School Board
Conseil Scolaire Viamonde
Thank you to our generous sponsor in helping make this program possible.
If you or your organization would like to support this community program, please contact the Executive Director of KWSC.