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Outreach programs

In partnership with various organizations, Tennis BC offers outreach programs for people of all ages and abilities. Please click below to learn more about our programs:

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Program Description:

In partnership with Canucks Autism Network (CAN), Tennis BC is thrilled to have Dr Stephanie Jull to speck to our members about autism spectrum disorders and the types of challenges that individuals with autism may face in the sports environment.  It introduces coaches, recreation and community sport leaders to a range of strategies for supporting individuals with autism in inclusive sport activities.

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Program Description:

Girls in Action program provides an outlet for female students who need additional positive support and would benefit from enriching extra-curricular activities.

In partnership with the Surrey School District, Tennis BC organizes a multi-week tennis program that provides student the opportunity to try tennis in an encouraging and fun environment. Through the program, the girls have the opportunity to build positive self-image, self-confidence, self-esteem, leadership skills and community engagement.

The program encourages these students to get engaged in some positive activities, and to keep them active in the community outside of school hours. The goal of this program is to provide an enrichment opportunity for girls in grades 4-6 to acquire skills, knowledge and understanding that are transferrable back into the classroom to support their development academically and to encourage them to become good community-based citizens in the process.

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Program Description:

SOAR – Sharing Our Activities and Resources – is a program developed by three provincial sport organizations (PSOs), Tennis BC, British Columbia Golf and Curl BC, to help elementary school students experience three great sports.

SOAR programs are designed to develop what’s called “physical literacy” – the basic movement kids develop to enhance their coordination. The program delivers FUN-damental movement, sport discovery skills, and physical activity in a safe and fun environment. It brings trained sports specific instructors to teach students the foundations of tennis, golf and curling without the hassle of booking courts, fields or rinks. The sports are played at each school with customized programs and equipment designed for elementary aged students.

About SOAR

SOAR started out as a pilot program in early 2012 to bring curling, golf and tennis to rural communities all over British Columbia. Now the program has grown thanks to support and funding from the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada through the BC Sport Participation Program administered by viaSport.

This is what a participating teacher from Vancouver Island had to say about the program: “I would highly recommend this SOAR experience! It also motivated me to seek curling and golf activities for our students. Tennis, golf and curling are all great lifelong sports!”

Coaches and instructors are trained in delivery of the school sport program that each organization offers, providing schools with high quality FUN-damental movement skill education programs at low cost.

The three programs offered include:

  • Egg Farmers’ Rocks & Rings, presented by Curling Canada
  • Tennis BC’s Learn & Play Program
  • British Columbia Golf’s Playground to Fairway Program

SOAR is available in the following school district areas:

  •  #5: Southeast Kootenay
  • #34-45: Metro Vancouver Region
  • #57: Prince George
  • #58: Nicola-Similkameen
  • #61-63: Greater Victoria Regional District
  • #64: Golf Islands (upon request, additional fee applies)
  • #68-69: Nanaimo-Ladysmith, Parksville-Qualicum Beach
  • #71: Comox Valley
  • #72: Campbell River

How do I request a booking?

To request a booking, fill out the SOAR School Booking Form and return to pbartel@curlbc.ca. We will contact you within a few days of receiving your form.

SOAR Instructor/Coach Training Events

SOAR is hosting an Instructor Training Event in Surrey, BC, April 2-5, 2017. For more information or to register, please follow this LINK.

More information

For more information about the SOAR program in BC, contact Penny Bartel at pbartel@curlbc.ca or 604-333-3620.