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Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones

Brief Overview: February 2017
In August 2015 a new development project was started by Western Province Figure Skating with Ricardo Jacobs heading the Stepping Stones Club.
This came about after some time and consideration was taken to work at finding young potential talents – initially chosen from the previously disadvantaged for the first 10 boys and girls – 5 children from Junior Blades and 5 from Black Panthers.
The main aim was to help young children at club level and raise them to hopefully reach a competitive level.
These children were sponsored for the Wednesday session with a 15 minute warm up, half an hour On Ice lessons and another half hour Off Ice training – all this supplied by professional coaches and was arranged for a 6 month period.
The first 6 months proved to show wonderful improvement and confidence in the children as they developed in their skating weekly. By request from the parents they were fortunate enough to have this extended whilst a second group of 20 children were added to Stepping Stones Wednesday Club.
Ricardo monitored and paired children with coaches who he felt they suited best, based on their level of skill thus far. Toward the end of 2016 the parents had to arrange for private lessons with the coaches for their children.
The first group are now coming to the end of their Stepping Stones Wednesday sessions at the end of March 2017, making space for further young potential skaters to be given this special opportunity.
We wish all these children well as they work hard with private coaches and at the same time look forward to seeing many more young children being given this special opportunity to develop in this wonderful sport.
Lynda Pereira Group One

The first group have completed their program and we are sure we will see great things coming from this initiative.

The second group of young skaters started in the last half of 2016. 

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