Golden Bears and Pandas Curling operates a one-of-a-kind Junior Program aimed at aspiring young curlers between the ages of 8 and 17. Our Junior Program builds on the recent success of our Junior Varsity and Varsity teams, which have won a combined total of 17 Alberta or Western, 8 Canadian, and 3 World titles over the past 6 seasons. We are very proud of the fact that the majority of the curlers on these teams were part of our Junior Program in the past.
Our Junior Program provides curlers with high quality opportunities at the U18, U15, U13, and U11 levels. In all cases, our curlers are guided by well-trained coaches who meet all the requirements of the Green & Gold Sport System’s Coach Qualifications Matrix. Our curlers also benefit from our innovative AIM Program, which is designed to help athletes build a strong general athletic foundation to support their sport-specific development.
This is part of a comprehensive curriculum that has been developed in close consultation with the Head Coach of Golden Bears and Pandas Curling, and that aligns with the guidelines of Curling Canada’s official Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) framework.