Sport Region Development Program

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Sport Regional Development

A new CurlManitoba three-year program to expand resources and support services in all regions of Manitoba has been launched this week in Thompson.

The Norman introduction of the new CurlManitoba Sport Regional Development Program included 4 juniors and 12 little rockers participating in a skill development series and 4 registrants participating in the coaching course. The coaching courses included both Competition Coach training (4 team coach participants) and Train the Trainer (2 club instructor participants) initiatives. Six umpires and other club volunteers also took part in an effort to expand volunteer capacity in the region.

Over the next two curling seasons, similar programs will be offered once each in Parkland, Westman, Central, Eastman, and Interlake Regions and twice in Winnipeg.

The objective of the program is to develop athletes, coaches and umpires across the province as a support for CurlManitoba’s programs and to encourage increased numbers in both member clubs and CurlManitoba events. As a part of their involvement, participants in the Sport Regional Development program are expected to be active in their own club, including organizing an Open your Doors program for their club.

Funding for the initiative includes participant registration fees, CurlManitoba development budget, and Sport Manitoba training travel grants.

While personal development is central to the program, it also includes an expectation that participants will return to their own club and conduct promotional programs and clinics as first steps in growing the sport of curling in their communities.

Plans are being developed to offer the Sport Region Development program in Central Region later this season. Over the 2016-17 and 2017-18 curling seasons the program will be offered in Eastman, Interlake, Parkland and Winnipeg Regions.

Contact CurlManitoba Development Manager Elaine Owen ( or watch the CurlManitoba website ( for details.