New skate-lending initiative makes the sport more accessible
More Canadian kids will be able to take to the ice with the launch of this new, national program
Canadians from coast to coast will gather at community rinks for a skating event on Dec.10 to celebrate the conclusion of Canada’s big birthday year. More than 200 rinks across the country will host free community skating events for Canada 150 Skating Day.
This initiative coincides with the launch of a national network of community skate banks, which will allow children who don’t have their own equipment to borrow skates and helmets so they can learn to skate and participate in community on-ice events. The skate banks were developed with funding from Canadian Heritage, and will be managed predominantly by Skate Canada clubs.
According to Jeff Partrick, Corporate Services Director at Skate Canada, each skate bank will have approximately 40 sets of skates and helmets to lend to children at community events.
For more information on the community skate banks, visit skatecanada.ca/canada-150-skating-day-2017.