BUDDY PROGRAM 

The Peninsula Skating Club wants to build a greater sense of community and one of the ways we are doing that is by launching a new pilot program: The Buddy Program. This program pairs a new/young skater (little buddy) with an older experienced skater (big buddy) with higher abilities to promote friendship, support social needs, and foster a greater sense of belonging. It welcomes new and younger members and reaffirms their decision to join the Peninsula Skating Club while giving them the support in knowing that they have someone they can confidently turn to for support. This program will hopefully create friendships that enable both older and younger skaters to bond more closely with their club. The older skaters learn responsibility, leadership and communication skills, and benefit from all those wonderful feelings from helping others and being involved. Buddy systems can have numerous benefits such as promoting an inclusive environment for all, better acceptance of differences, encourage interaction with peers, and even personal growth.

Roles and potential activities of the older Buddy:

  • Must join or be a PSC Junior Board member (no charge)

  • Provide support and encouragement

  • Attend get-togethers,tests and competitions

  • Share appropriate skating stories and experiences

  • Have little buddies attend big buddies tests and competitions

  • exchanging personalized gift bags with notes/art/bracelets/gloves etc;

  • Monthly check-in (skating progress, school work, life) for 6 months via email/facetime/in person meeting

  • Celebrate the Buddy Program in an annual party

 

What a Buddy does not do:

  • Does not get involves in goal setting and formal training which are responsibilities exclusively for a coach.

  • Does not get involved with the parent/child relationship.

To apply to be a big or little buddy, fill out the application form and send it to peninsulajuniorboard@gmail.com