Nanaimo, BC – November 23, 2012 – Sports enthusiasts from Vancouver Island are being recruited to work with elementary-school-age children to encourage them to be more active. SOAR (Sharing Our Activities and Resources) is an initiative developed by Tennis BC, British Columbia Golf and Curl BC.

The not-for-profit groups are recruiting individuals to be trained in the delivery of three sports programs. The training takes place from December 9 to 12, 2012.

Island residents who want to get involved with their community and promote active living should sign up for the training program being offered. It costs $50 for the classroom instruction on December 9, but participants will be remunerated for each of the practical application days (December 10-12).

Completion of the training program as well as a criminal record check is a prerequisite to working with SOAR.

The instructors will run:

  • The Capital One Rocks & Rings program, which is a gym-based curling game for 6 to 12-year-olds.
  • The Playground to Fairway (P2F) School Golf program, which introduces basic golf skills to school-age children with a focus on fun.
  • The Learn & Play program, a fun tennis program aimed at younger children which uses mini racquets and foam balls.

The training will be hosted at Hammond Bay Elementary, 1025 Morningside Drive, in Nanaimo, starting on December 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The initiative is supported financially by viaSport and the BC Sport Participation Program as well as Curl BC, Tennis BC and British Columbia Golf.

Penny Bartel, Participation Manager at Curl BC, said: “The programs run by SOAR are really popular with both teachers and students so becoming an instructor is very rewarding. We hope Island residents will take advantage of this great opportunity.”

Participants must register in advance.

Anyone who is interested in becoming an instructor should visit  to register.

For general inquiries about the Capital One Rocks & Rings program, run by Curl BC, please contact Penny Bartel, Participation Manager at Curl BC, at or call 604-333-3620.

For general inquiries about the Playground to Fairway (P2F) School Golf program, run by British Columbia Golf, please contact Kathy Gook, Director of School Golf, at or call 604-279-2580 x 135.

For general inquiries about the Learn & Play program, run by Tennis BC, contact Sarah Kadi, Director of Community Development, at or call 604-737-3123.