Program offering free skating lessons in Prince Edward Island


The holidays may be officially over for the most part, but the winter fun is just beginning.

From now on come on! PEI, a community organization that promotes a healthy lifestyle, offers free skating lessons to Islanders 18 and under. It also offers another program allowing people over 18 to skate for free.

“Winter activity par excellence”

Vicki Tse, the provincial program coordinator for go! PEI, said they wanted to deliver an activity that they felt best represents Canada.

“Skating is a quintessential winter activity, and when you think of Canada, winter is one of the first things that comes to mind,” she said.

The free skating program is funded by Canadian Tire Jumpstart, a charity that funds community development.

Classes will be held at several indoor rinks in Prince Edward Island, including Charlottetown, Summerside, Borden-Carleton, Georgetown and Tyne Valley.

Tse said it was important for his team to provide an island-wide opportunity.

There will be a free program at the O’Leary Community Sports Center on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (Go WestPEI / Facebook)

“The island is very unique. When I arrived on the island a year ago, I approached it as a large community with unique differences from region to region, but given the unique landscape of the province we can offer end-to-end programs, ”Tse said. .

Bring the islanders together

Some rinks will provide skates and helmets and one hour for Islanders to work with instructors from Andrew’s Hockey School.

Tse said she hopes the skating programs will help bring Islanders together.

“When I think about it from the perspective of newcomers to the island, new to Canada, what would be one of the first experiences they would love, and from what I see, skating is always very interesting “said Tse. .

The program runs until March and those interested in participating can find the schedule here.

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