New partnership looks to develop young curlers in Lethbridge

By Aaron Mahoney (@Mahones93 on Twitter)
September 17, 2017 - 9:21am

LETHBRIDGE - The Lethbridge Curling Club has announced the McDonalds Junior Curling Program is partnering with the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns Curling Program.

The junior and little rockers curling program will now be instructed by players on the Pronghorns competitive curling teams. Those involved believe this partnership ensures that the juniors will receive a high standard of instruction for all levels, and will ensure more cohesion year over year.

Pronghorns Head Coach Jeff Davidson says his players are excited about the change.

"Building a program that fosters skills development in a fun atmosphere is exciting, all the while providing opportunities for these young curlers to advance to competitive levels if they wish," Davidson said.

Lethbridge Curling Club Manager Kirk Mearns added that thanks to the Pronghorns, the commitment to the McDonalds Junior Curling Program has taken a big step forward in offering junior curlers the opportunity to learn in a supportive and fun environment.

Their goal is to provide a program where their Little Rockers, aged 8 to 10, can work their way through to juniors which is for kids that are 11 and older.

This new partnership will see the program move to one day a week, Wednesdays at 4:15 p.m.

While Wednesdays remain very popular, officials say the participation levels and availability of qualified instructors became too big of a challenge to keep Sundays viable.

Registration is now open, anyone interested in the program can sign up online at www.lethbridgecurlingclub.com, or call the Lethbridge Curling Club at 403-327-1213.

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