Calgary Herald

Get into the game!

Programs help build skills, confidence, sportsmans­hip


Pick a sport camp, any sport camp. And watch as your child blossoms into an athlete this summer.

“Kids see other people in our facility doing their sport, and it opens up their eyes says Lorissa to discoverin­g Dong, the what’s sales possible, and marketing manager at Calgary’s Talisman Centre. “The variety of sports a child can try in our facility, and exposure to different levels of athletes who train and compete here, is important.” The centre offers five new camps for this summer, including water polo, yoga, triathlon, rhythmic gymnastics and a leadership camp, along with its regular sport-specific camps like badminton and diving, and multi-sport

camps. “We have really interestin­g, different camps this year,” Dong says. “You’re not going to find these camps in regular recreation centres.” The Talisman Centre’s multi-sport camps offer kids an introducti­on to all kinds of sports. “Every day they do something different, it could be a soccer game one afternoon, and then running around and exploring the area,” Dong says. You can increase your child’s proficienc­y in yoga with the Talisman Centre’s new yoga camp. “This one was quite surprising for us,” Dong says. “We knew adults liked yoga, but kids love

it, too. We had a lot of demand for it, for eight- to 14-year-olds. It’s a great way to build flexibilit­y and confidence for them.” The Talisman Centre summer camps run through July and August, for kids age four up to 17. The centre also offers free child care in the morning and afternoon before and after camp. Sports-specific summer camps for more advanced athletes can also be found through Hockey Calgary and at Canada Olympic Park.

Besides skill developmen­t camps for novice, atom, pee wee and ban

tam players, Hockey Calgary also offers summer registrati­on to the Max Performanc­e and Okanagan hockey schools. COP offers a multitude of sports camps, including mountain biking, skating, hockey and the many multisport camps, such as Adventure Quest, which combines mountain biking, archery, mini-golf, rock climbing, yoga, roller luge and biathlon.

At the City of Calgary leisure centres, summer camp is part of daily life. “We run camps for ages three to 12,” says Michelle Tait, recreation supervisor at Village Square Leisure Centre. “This year, we have a few new ones happening at both leisure centres, including one called Olympic Gold, to celebrate

the Summer Olympics, and another called Run, Jump, Read, combining recreation and reading together.” Summer camp offerings from the City of Calgary include a little bit of everything, from badminton to gymnastics, skateboard­ing and climbing. “It’s a whole wellness package deal

for the entire family,” Tait says. “Parents can come to the rec centre and find out if their kid even likes soccer, or go further on into competitiv­e sports if they like.” Multi-sport camps include Sports Spectacula­r and Smorgaspor­ts where every

day includes new sports and activities to try, including basketball, soccer, badminton, dodgeball, indoor hockey, swimming and more. Kids are supervised by qualified instructor­s, and camps help build fundamenta­l movement and sports skills,

motor skills, participat­ion and fun. “The feedback we get from parents is that they know they can drop their child off at any of our facilities, and they know their child will come home having had a great day and a lifelong experience they won’t forget.”

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— Thinkstock Images Sports camps are great ways to not only learn or increase skills in an activity, but to discover how to be a good team player.
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