What better way for kids to spend time after school at this time of year than participating in a local sports activity.
The Barriere Curling Club currently has 35 members in their youth curling club. The club offers youngsters age six to 12 years the opportunity to learn how to curl, and provide them the opportunity to play and compete together on the rink.
Curling Club volunteer, Audrey Rilcoe, says on average approximately 20 youth club members attend their sessions. Many come with parents who also don’t mind helping kids on the ice who need a little coaching. A one-time fee of just $20 is charged for the youth curling club season; which includes a weekly snack of popcorn and hot chocolate for everyone.
Both Audrey Rilcoe and Susan Bondar are the key facilitators for the youth curling program, with help from Louise Dunstan and Gary Woodland.
They also rely a great deal on parent volunteers who generously lend a hand at the youth sessions.
As spring approaches curling season will soon be coming to an end, and the Youth Curling Club are busy getting ready for their final event. This is the annual Jam Can bonspiel for youth which is scheduled to take place on Mar. 13 and 14, beginning Friday afternoon after school. When the Friday competitions come to a close a spaghetti supper is then served to all the hungry participants.
Rilcoe says they expect more than 60 kids this year, and with so many youngsters in attendance the Curling Club will be designating a games room where youngsters who are not on the ice can keep busy under parent volunteer supervision.
The Club is also readying for their Mar. 7 and 8, Skins Format, Open Even (any combination of ladies or men) bonspiel. Price is $40 per person and includes the banquet on Saturday. For info call Susan Bondar at (250) 672-5334.