École de la Rose Sauvage hockey program is a success

This first year is considered a pilot project. The goal is to be able to offer the program to students in the seventh, eighth and ninth grades, starting next year.

Twenty-five students answered the call and hit the rink twice a week to improve their hockey skills.

It was the visual arts teacher, but also a former speed skater, Andrée-Anne Paradis who proposed the creation of this program at the school.

Andrée-Anne Paradis is one of the two responsible for the sports-studies program.

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I saw that we had the opportunity to submit our name to the Hockey Canada Skills Academy program and I thought it was a good idea for our schoolmentions the one who is also a mother of young hockey players.

The FrancoSud school board and the school administration were very positive about the idea of ​​creating this sports-studies program.

The school was able to modify the schedules of the students to allow them to take part in the program twice a week. After training on the ice, young people train indoors or attend nutrition and health classes.

The hockey program replaces the physical education courses and elective courses offered by the school.

Trainers, trained and equipped

To be able to teach the Hockey Canada program, the two leaders, Alexandre Paradis and Andrée-Anne Paradis, had to undergo training.

The training lasted three days during the summer. There were Skills Academy program instructors from across Canada. We had the chance to meet other teachers who have been teaching the program for more than 15 yearsmentions Andreé-Anne Paradis.

Using the tools provided by Hockey Canada, the two teachers were able to create a plan specific to each participant so that they could develop their skills at their own pace.

Alexandre Paradis answers questions from Radio-Canada. Photo taken on December 1, 2022.

Alexandre Paradis is a physical education teacher at the Ecole de la Rose Sauvage.

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It’s a big challenge, when I put together the training plans, I have to think about the different skills of everyonesays Alexandre Paradis.

Some of the participants had never skated before entering the program, while others are at an elite level.

The program asks that all interested young people have the chance to register, regardless of their experience on the ice.

To prepare the practices, the two leaders can use the documentation provided by Hockey Canada.

We have access to lots of resources, we even have an application to help us, with suggestions for activities to dorejoices Andrée-Anne Paradis.

Impressive results

After a little over three months, the results are already concrete according to the two coaches.

Students who didn’t know how to skate are now comfortable and know how to handle the puckmentions Andrée-Anne Paradis.

Nicolas Tremblay answers questions from Radio-Canada. Photo taken on December 1, 2022.

Nicolas Tremblay plays hockey at the elite level.

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Nicolas Tremblay, who plays on an elite team, admits that his expectations for the program weren’t very high. If he signed up, it was mainly to have fun while playing hockey, because training with his team is always very serious.

Even if he didn’t expect it, he’s taken a lot of positives so far.

Madame Paradis taught me how to have a good basic position and how to have a good extension with my legs. I also feel that I have improved in my skills with the puck since the start of the year.he said.

Coaches sometimes ask participants like Nicolas Tremblay to help them with certain activities.

You have to have patience and be able to open your eyes to see who needs help. I’m not here to show offsays the young skater, adding that he knows that many eyes are turned towards him during the various exercises.

The first objective of the Skills Academy program is to have fun playing hockey and according to Alexandre Paradis, it’s mission accomplished in this regard, because young people always show up with a smile on their face on the days of coaching.

Participation, support and respect

Participants in the sport-études program compete against each other five against five, three against three or even one against one, but will never play games against another school or another team.

This is one of the rules found in the Hockey Canada program. The philosophy is participation and not competition. Everything has to happen during school hours and we can’t play tournaments.confirms Alexandre Paradis.

Three of the main objectives of the program are participation, mutual aid and respect.

Inas Zirmi answers questions from Radio-Canada. Photo taken on December 1, 2022.

Inas Zirmi had never played hockey before enrolling in the École de la Rose Sauvage hockey program.

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Inas Zirmi had never played hockey before September. She had skated before, but not much. She is very happy to see that the objectives of the program are really put forward by the coaches and the other participants.

My friend has already played hockey, she helps me a lot, tells me how to do it and gives me different tips. When people fall, there’s always someone who comes to help you upshe explains.

Nicolas Tremblay and Inas Zirmi agree on one point, on days when there is hockey, the rest of the day goes better.

I feel like I’ve drained my energy and I’m ready to learn, says Nicholas. Inas goes on to say that since she has moved around a lot, she finds it easier to concentrate.

She ends, however, by saying that she doesn’t like walking to school with her gear on after practice is over.

École de la Rose Sauvage hockey program is a success