Red Deer Public Schools has teamed up with The Dome Red Deer to offer The Sports Academy this fall. (Photo contributed)

Red Deer Public Schools has teamed up with The Dome Red Deer to offer The Sports Academy this fall. (Photo contributed)

Red Deer Public Schools introduces new Sports Academy

Open houses and information sessions to be held this month

Red Deer Public Schools will be offering a new Sports Academy program, beginning this fall for students of all athletic abilities in Grades 6 and up.

In partnership with The Dome Red Deer, students can participate in baseball/softball, soccer, hockey and sportfit (multi-sport opportunity).

“Students enrolled will not only develop skills in their area of passion but will also learn about important values such as teamwork, respect, responsibility, resilience, health and collaboration,” said Darrin DeMale, principal at Red Deer Public Schools.

“Students will enhance their skill in sport, while getting an excellent education and building character that will set them up for their greatest success.”


The Dome Sports striving to be more than just state-of-the-art facility

The Dome Red Deer, located on the east side of Gasoline Alley, at 334 Energy Way, is a state-of-the-art multi-sport facility with 107,000 square feet of space for athletic development that includes a full indoor soccer field, major league baseball infield, softball field, batting cages, multi-purpose field and a high performance gym.

“Our coaches and staff at The Dome are excited and thankful that Red Deer Public is partnering with us for their Sport Academy. We love opportunities to positively impact the lives of youth through sports and athletic and personal development,” said Noah Welch, president and general manager at The Dome.

School board chair Nicole Buchanan said Red Deer Public already offers a number of choices that help students reach their full potential, and the board is excited to offer this new program of choice.

“We want to ensure Red Deer Public Schools is the best choice for your children. They are going to get excellence in teaching and learning, with opportunities that will ensure they are well prepared for their future,” Buchanan said.


Improvements to field house and spectator facilities at Lacombe athletic park

Families considering the baseball/softball or soccer academies can tour The Dome, and meet the coaches at open houses at The Dome, on March 21 at 7 p.m. and March 28 at 7 p.m.

Parent information nights will also be held so families can ask school-specific questions about the Sports Academy.

Information sessions will be held:

• March 22 at 7 p.m. at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School.

• March 23 at 7 p.m. at Central Middle School.

• March 24 at 7 p.m. at Hunting Hills High School.

• March 29 at 7 p.m. at Eastview Middle School.

• March 31 at 7 p.m. at Gateway Christian School.

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