Plenty of happy summer campers at Burnaby ice sports facility

Whether it’s on the ice or turf, there’s plenty of sports activities for young athletes to enjoy at Burnaby 8 Rinks during the summer.

That’s because the facility offers a wide range of camps which cater to just about whatever you like, from skating up a storm, kicking a soccer ball, or developing a great first serve.

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“We’ve got something for everyone,” said Jessica Ferguson, program managerat 8 Rinks, where camps run from July 2 to August 30.

Just in the ice hockey category alone, there are so many choices. Try power skating, improve your skills, learn to skate shoot and score, and even a high-performance camp, all under the watchful eyes of experienced and knowledgeable coaches.

“The skills they learn in the hockey camps will be essential to them for hockey in the fall,” said Ferguson, adding that while many of the young players come from around the Lower Mainland, some travel from much further - the U.S., Korea and even China - to hit the ice.

The hockey programs are open to youngsters aged four to 14-years-old, while the Multisports program runs for four to 12-years-old.

And as its name suggests, the Multisport program features an array of fun activities, from extreme ball sports, whacky water week, swimming and tennis.

The tennis program uses the courts adjacent to Bill Copeland Arena, the soccer camp is held in the indoor arena inside the 8 Rinks facility, and the nearby pool is the place to cool off and enjoy a swim.

“All of the activities centre around a variety of sports, which is nice for the kids to do something new each time. Even some of the hockey kids take part to change things up a little bit for them.”

“We really pride ourselves on providing the best experience for the kids.”

The full-day camps start at 8:15 a.m. and end at 4 p.m., while the half-day camps run from 9 a.m. to noon and then 12:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Extended care is also available from 4 p.m., with pick-up at 6 p.m.

For more information and registration for summer camps at Burnaby 8 Rinks, please visit their website

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