Published on June 1, 2022
Get in the Game with Local Sport Partners!
Keep your kids active and engaged this summer with a variety of outdoor sport-themed summer camps! Full-day camps are available every week for kids aged 6-12 years from July 4 to August 26 and are packed with exciting programming and incredible opportunities to experience new things.
This year the City is teaming up with local community sport partners to bring various outdoor sports to summer camps. In Get in the Game, campers will practice their skills on the field, run drills, and play games with fellow participants led by experienced coaches.
“We are excited to bring campers and local sport partners together to further support the “return-to-sport” movement in Alberta and encourage participation to pre-Covid levels” said Recreation Program Supervisor Wendy Byer. “Some kids may not have the chance to try a lot of these sports on their own and having this opportunity is really valuable.”
Community sport partners for each camp will vary by week and are subject to change but may include the following organizations:
- St. Albert BMX Club
- St. Albert Rugby Football Club
- St. Albert Football Association (SAMFA)
- St. Albert Rams Lacrosse
- St. Albert Soccer Association
“St. Albert BMX Club has created an awesome demo track with bikes and equipment users can borrow to trial the sport. If it’s something they enjoy, they can look into becoming a member.” says Byer. “It’s not just for campers, anybody in the community can go and check it out.”
St. Albert BMX Club partner Mike Hook shared what partnering with the City means for their organization and what campers can expect to learn.
“We appreciate the City leasing us land, contributing financially via grant programs and facilitating a summer camp that we can be involved in. Campers will be taught basic bike handling and control techniques using our fleet of rental bikes and a portable start gate. Campers are welcome to continue with BMX by attending one of our open track days and then potentially sign up and start racing.”
Get in the Game Jr. and Sr. run multiple weeks throughout the summer to fit into your busy summer schedule. Every day campers will meet at Larry Olexiuk Field at 47 Riel Drive, for sunshine, skill-building, and of course sports! Campers will have access to dressing rooms and should bring a water bottle, a healthy and complete lunch, clothes they’re not afraid to get dirty in, runners, and their game face!
For more information about what to expect, check out the 2022 Summer Camp Guide.
“Sports are offered at a grassroots level and open to anyone and everyone!” adds Wendy. “The emphasis is on having fun and learning through play, rather than competition. Kids will develop their sport skills in a team atmosphere, build positive relationships and support their long-term athletic development earlier on, which promotes activity throughout life,” adds Byer.
Get in the Game isn’t the only sport-themed camp planned for this summer season! Sport lovers will also want to check out:
Try all Sports
Are you a sports enthusiast who’s tried it all? In this brand-new camp, children will get to try unique and out-of-the-box sports such as archery dodgeball, goalball, quidditch, and more. Campers will also work together to develop their own sport including creating rules, a scoring system and a standout name. Could your new sport be the next trial in the Olympics?
Join us for a fun-filled week of physical and mental challenges that will put campers to the test. Battle for first place in active games and sports, compete in popular TV game show showdowns, soak up the sun in the pool and more!
Can’t decide between Sports and Art? SPART is the camp for you! Spend the week playing active sports and games while also using different creative mediums to make incredible art projects. Get the best of both worlds in this draw-dropping camp!
Registration is open, and camps start as early as July 4 so book your spot today! Check out a wide variety of summer camps here if sports aren’t your thing and spend the summer with us playing, making new friends and staying active.
If you are a community sports organization and would like to be considered for future partnership programs, please contact Wendy Byer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last edited: September 26, 2023