Your Peterborough FSC Coaches for 2017-18
All PFSC coaches are fully certified and trained by Skate Canada. Many use their off-ice time to continue their own personal development with online and in person seminars and coaching clinics. They also have a professional learning network sharing new ideas and resources throughout the clubs. These are our 2017-2018 PFSC coaches:
Janice Haig- Ireland
Choosing a Coach
During the early years of skating, in our PreCanSkate, CanSkate and IntroStar programs, our club coaches share in the development of our skaters by teaching in groups. After earning their CanSkate stage 4 badge, you may want to start to consider some private or semi-private lessons with any of our coaches. When considering hiring a coach start by looking at our coaches’ biographies on our website, this will give you some insight into what levels they teach and disciplines (dance, freeskate, skills) and gives you a starting point to contact coaches that you feel fits the needs of your child.
One of the most important things to consider when choosing a coach is to ask your skater who they like to work with and consider what qualities in a teacher will best suit your child. You will choose one coach to be your primary coach who will guide your child as they develop at their own pace and in their own time. Other coaches may be brought in to work on skills, freeskate or dance depending on availability or skill.
Your primary coach will advise the best fit for your child. It is essential that communication is strong between you and your coach so that you can fully aid your skater in developing according to their unique personalities and abilities. Our coaches often also bring in our consultants to offer advice or specialized training. For dances, some coaches will partner your child or will bring in a partner to work with your skater and to partner them on test days.
Coaches set their own fees according to their experience and expertise and bill parents directly for private and group lessons. The number of lessons a week your child will need is decided between you and the coach. If you are at all concerned or confused, just ask your coach about anything! They are very knowledgeable and professional!
Program Assistants (PA’s)
Program Assistants are skaters who are currently working in our StarSkate programs and are the age of 10 or older. Skaters are invited to become Program Assistants for our younger skaters on the PreCanSkate and CanSkate sessions. Program Assistants will be invited to a training session to become informed of what roles they may take on and will be required to help at all sessions with our younger skaters.
If they can not attend they must inform the CanSkate coordinator so a suitable replacement can be found. High school students needing Community Service hours are welcome to join as well. PA’s are an integral part of Canskate program and helping guide our younger skaters. Being a program assistant may also help along the pathway of becoming a coach one day.