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Providence Winds Up Sports Camps
2012-08-23

An opportunity to hone skills and make lasting friendships

About 500 young people from southeastern Manitoba and beyond attended sports camps at Providence University College this summer. Now in its 14th year, the five-day camps—devoted predominantly to volleyball, but incorporating some soccer and basketball—have become progressively more popular as the program evolves and word gets out.

“It's always a great time,” says Scott Masterson, director of athletics at Providence. “Campers come to play sports, but they love the social aspect as well.”

This summer, the camps began with one week of soccer and basketball, then switched to volleyball for the remaining five weeks for both senior and junior high school students.

Masterson notes the campers get plenty of opportunity to practice a variety of skills in two sessions each day led by varsity head coaches. In the evenings, they get involved in league games. By the end of the week, participants have honed their skills and feel more confident as they anticipate getting involved in school sports come fall.

“It's a way we can give back to the constituency,” says Masterson. “By being involved in local communities, we have a part in investing in the development of Manitoba athletes.”

He notes that another important reason the camps are offered is for recruitment.

“We want young people to become aware that we offer one of the best athletic programs in Manitoba,” he points out, noting that staying on campus for the week of sports camp allows youth to become familiar with the University College.

No doubt, many lasting friendships also form as youth participate in friendly scrimmage, take meals together (including a banquet on closing day) and mingle during evening activities.

 

 

 
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