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Youth volleyball club starting in Fort Macleod

A new youth volleyball club kicks off next week to provide more Fort Macleod children a chance to play.
The Fort Macleod Volleyball Club is heading the club for children in Grade 6-12.
“I hope this club provides an opportunity for youth to keep and build on the skills they learn during volleyball season,” organizer Chelsie Wolff said. “School volleyball is such a short season so giving them the opportunity to play for several more months will help them to be stronger players from season to season. ”
“But even if they don’t play volleyball for the school and want to have a chance to play they are more than welcome to join us.”
The drop-in youth club starts Tuesday, Oct. 22 at W.A. Day school.
Children in Grade 6-8 will take the court from 6-7:30 p.m., with Grade 9-12 students following from 7:30-9 p.m.
Sessions will be held roughly every second Tuesday at W.A. Way school from mid October to mid March.
There is a $5 fee for each session attended.
A cap of 24 children in each age group will be put on the club, based on a first come, first served basis.
“It’s open to everybody,” organizer Mike Bourassa said. “We’re opening it up to other schools in the region.”
Bourassa, who heads the Fort Macleod Volleyball Club, was approached by parents on children who wanted to play more volleyball but didn’t want the expense or commitment of regular club volleyball.
“Not everybody has the time or can afford club volleyball,” Bourassa said.
Half of each session will be devoted to skill development.
“We’ll have different coaches come in,” Bourassa said.
The second half of each session wil be spent playing volleyball games.
“Or intent is to allow kids to continue playing volleyball and develop their skills beyond the school season,” Bourassa said.
Wolff is optimistic the youth club will get more young people involved in the sport.
“I also hope it provides a sense of community for them with other volleyball players in town,” Wolff said. “There are so many coaches, players, mentors and tournament organizers in this town who are here to support them as they progress in this sport.”
While the goal is to provide young people with a chance to improve skills and play more volleyball, the club could provide other benefits to Fort Macleod.
“I foresee stronger and more confident school teams which will in turn create a stronger knit alumni and co-ed league,” Wolff said. “It’s a win-win for everyone really.”
Information about the youth volleyball club will be on the F.P. Walshe school Web site and the Fort Macleod Volleyball Club’s Facebook page.
You can also contact Mike Bourassa at 403-330-3546 or hooter44@shaw.ca.

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