Hockey Calgary and Calgary Kangaroos Team Up to Pilot New Multi-sport Program
CALGARY, AB – Hockey Calgary and the Calgary Kangaroos Australian Football Club are pleased to announce a new multi-sport pilot program.
The Calgary Kangaroos will partner with Crowfoot Minor Hockey Association to lead all peewee teams through dry-land training sessions in Australian football. These sessions will be specifically designed around team requirements, to give each team an off-ice experience in a novel sport that provides developmental opportunities.
Australian football (footy) is a fast-paced, 360-degree evasive game with many game-play similarities to hockey. Teams will be taught new skills such as kicking and hand passing, with sessions being game-based, focusing on activities that align with each team’s development focuses.
With Hockey Canada’s #changeitup campaign launched in mid-2018, this pilot is a targeted approach to ensuring athletes get exposure across multiple sports.
“After visiting over 40 schools in 2018, we know that kids love playing footy. We are excited to be able to bring this sport to Crowfoot Minor Hockey Association and give their teams a great experience learning a new sport,” says Jarrod Moore of the Calgary Kangaroos.
Jamie Henry of Hockey Calgary states, “This pilot program is a great opportunity for the athletes of Crowfoot to experience a new sport with transferrable skills, within the environment of their current hockey team. In investigating this pilot, Jarrod led my Bantam team through some dry-land sessions and I was thrilled with the experience provided. We were able to introduce new skills while continuing to give our players an opportunity to bond, communicate, and grow as a team. It was incredibly valuable and was relevant to our seasonal plan.”
This pilot program is currently being trialled in partnership with the Crowfoot Minor Hockey Association; for information on how your team can become involved, contact Jarrod Moore of the Calgary Kangaroos.