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Little Rocks & Physical Literacy

Rick Perron & Ellery Robichaud
Center of Curling Excellence (CCE)

Dear Rick & Ellery,                                                         May 10, 2017

I want to thank you both as Centre of Curling Excellence representatives to provide the Florenceville Curling Club with information on your new Physical Literacy Program.

During your visit on March 10th & 11th, you provided us with an overview of the three main areas making up your new program: Fundamental Curling Skills, Fundamental Movement Skills, and Rocking the House School Curling Program. Along with the overview, you provided us with the training we would need to take this program to the elementary schools. The goal is for children to have fun, get them active, learn basic movement skills, and hopefully get them active in curling at the Little Rock level.

Because of your training with the sample of Little Rockers we had introduced the activities to in March, we feel very confident this program will be very helpful and successful in our community. The kids had a blast and could easily understand why the activities you showed them would ultimately improve their curling skills. We had a hard time trying to move on to the next agenda items since the kids were so engaged and enjoyed themselves. Since this is one of your objectives for the program, we would have to say you hit a homerun with this Physical Literacy Program. Even our junior members who will help roll this program out to the schools were having a great time doing the activities. They were competing against each other with the Floor Curl equipment well after we concluded the day’s training.

The parents of the Little Rockers were very impressed in the activities and how the kids remained engaged through the program. As parents of junior curlers, we see how these activities will help in our own junior curling program to assist in practicing basic skills such as balance on and off the ice by providing a variety of activities we can introduce. This will definitely improve our junior players’ skill set and provide our instructors with off ice activities in between on-ice activities.

As players ourselves, this knowledge will be used to improve our own game and will be passed on through our adult leagues. We will also look at including this in a learn to curl program for new adult curlers next season.

Once again, thank you for your time and commitment to improving the sport of curling across the Province of New Brunswick and beyond.

Best regards,

Julie Smith
Little Rocks & Junior Program Coordinator
Florenceville Curling Club

Don Guzik
Board Member
Florenceville Curling Club