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Broomball for Fun!

On the week of January 10-14th, the village of Fort Simpson, the Mackenzie Recreation Association, NWT Broomball, and Broomball Canada partnered together to run a BF2 event!We were thrilled to have the dynamic team of Georgina Reynolds and Conrad Morneau visit our beautiful community to share their skills, experience and enthusiasm.
This initiative is part of the Broomball For Fun Aboriginal Tour.It is designed to spark interest and support the sport of broomball in aboriginal communities.Broomball is a designated Heritage Sport in Canada, and is suitable for play in arenas or outdoor rinks.The basic skills can be quickly acquired, but the intricacies of the game and high level of mastery encourages life-long interest in the sport.As such, broomball is a great activity for children, youth, adults and elders alike!
The week began with the excitement of unpacking boxes of brooms, shoes, balls and coaching materials.Everything was there to jumpstart the fun!The coaching clinics were attended by a wide variety of people, including recreation facilitators, youth, parents and seniors.It was a great opportunity for intergenerational pleasure and learning.The program was so complete that even newcomers to the sport felt confident leading training sessions by the end of the week.
Part of the training included working with local teens and young adults.All interested junior high and senior high students in the village accessed the program during school hours.More games were scheduled for the evenings to allow other community members to join in on the physical activity and fun. This was a wonderful example of the positive opportunities that can be provided through collaboration.The equipment will remain in Fort Simpson for use by all the community, as will leadership skills and happy memories!
Mahsi cho to all the facilitators of this great experience!
Deborah Stipdonk

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Published on: 2011-02-04 by CBF Staff
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