Britannia Hockey Academy (BHA) students took to center ice on Friday, November 29th at the Kitsilano Ice Rink to practice their hockey skills in a friendly match against Kitsilano Secondary School. This marks the second time this year that students from the BHA put their individual hockey-skills training to the ice and played as a team against another school.
The Britannia Hockey Academy blends regular secondary school coursework and graduation programs with a licensed Hockey Canada Skills Academy (HCSA). The instructors are professional physical education teachers who are trained and certified by Hockey Canada. The program develops students' knowledge and skills in ice hockey while also providing career development opportunities in hockey coaching and refereeing through practical school and community experiences.
"The premise of the program is to show success to students who may not be successful in other areas," says Ksena Tatomir, Athletic Director for the Britannia Hockey Academy. "It really teaches them to be pro-active rather than re-active."
A total of 32 students ranging from Grades 8 through 12 are currently in the program. Grade 11 and 12 students at the BHA get the opportunity to work for the Vancouver Canucks getting hands-on experience with retailing and customer service at the rapid shot on the concourse level of Rogers Arena.
"It's really amazing to see how well the students do," says Tatomir. "Their passion for hockey motivates them and allows them to succeed in other aspects of their lives."
Tatomir already has plans to expand the career-preparation part of the program and develop the BHA's partnership with the Canucks next year. The Business of Hockey will offer BHA students work experience opportunities within the Canucks organization while receiving course credit.
"It gives students the opportunity to develop practical skills in the work force and helps them pursue their career goals," says Tatomir.
The BHA is in its seventh year of operations and has distributed over $5,500 in bursaries through the Canucks For Kids Fund.
Learn more about the BHA here.