'Hockey for Everyone' is gearing up for another season. This is a totally free program for local boys and girls in Grades 3-8 who are not currently enrolled in minor hockey. Registration forms are available at the main desk of the Tillsonburg Community Centre.
Hockey equipment will be made available in the Lion’s Den of the community centre on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 3rd and 4th, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. both evenings. There is no charge for equipment. George Manias of All Seasons Sports Exchange (40 Broadway) and Dave Martin of the Tillsonburg Kinsmen Club will be in charge of equipment distribution.
On-ice sessions begin Thursday and Friday, January 5th and 6th, from 7 a.m. until 8 a.m. All participants may attend these first two sessions. After the first week participants will be divided into two groups, a ‘junior’ one skating Thursday mornings (typically Grades 3-4 and some Grade 5s) and a ‘senior’ one on Friday mornings (Grades 6-8 and some Grade 5s).
Skating drills, some basic hockey instruction, and scrimmage time will be offered with an emphasis on having fun.
Parents and guardians will need to make the necessary transportation arrangements to get children to the rink, and to their schools after each session.
Hockey 4 Everyone, now in its sixth year, runs each Thursday and Friday until the end of March. When the program finishes there will be funding available for those who want to continue in a spring league 3-on-3 program.
Finances to make all of this possible are provided by the Club Oxford Hockey League, the Tillsonburg Kinsmen Club, the Knights of Columbus (Council 3212), the Tillsonburg District Real Estate Association, Good Redden and Klosler, CRE Insurance, private donations, and other local business associations.
Local teachers Dan Dubé and Craig MacDougall volunteer their time to provide instruction for skating, puck-handling, passing and shooting skills leading up to no-body contact scrimmages.
"Join up and give your youngsters an opportunity to enjoy the great game of hockey," said Kim Alexander, President of Club Oxford Hockey and founder of Hockey for Everyone.