BC Hockey's Lace ‘Em Up Program

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The Lace 'Em Up program is an introduction to ice hockey that includes on-ice basic skills and off-ice team building and information about local opportunities in ice hockey.

With $36,000 from the BC Sport Participation Program in 2004-2007, 535 children aged 6-12 and 20 coaches participated in the program in 14 communities across BC. BC Hockey also conducted activity sessions in cooperation with elementary school Physical Education programs, offering three school sessions in each of the eight participating districts.

The following communities participated in the Lace 'Em Up program: Abbotsford, Castlegar, Dawson Creek, Fernie, Lumby, Mission, Oliver, Osoyoos, Powell River, Prince George, Richmond, Sparwood, Vancouver and Victoria.

The BC Sport Participation Program aims to increase sport participation in community and school-based sports. From 2004-2007 the program gave more than $2 million to 22 sport organizations running programs in 109 communities for close to 85,000 participants and more than 4,600 coaches. The program is funded by the Province of British Columbia and Sport Canada.