Hockey academy program proposed at Armstrong's PVSS

Hockey academy for PVSS

A hockey academy has been approved in principal at Armstrong's Pleasant Valley Secondary School.

The North Okanagan-Shuswap board of education recently gave the approval for the PVSS Hockey Academy.

A draft budget plan would see a cohort of 20 students pay $1,320 each for the specialized education.

The $26,400 budget would include $10,000 for coaching and $7,000 in ice fees.

PVSS principal Chelsea Prince noted that a parent meeting to gauge interest has already resulted in 21 students indicating interest out of a possible 30 seats in the program.

"We're really excited about it," said Prince.

The intended provider would be RPM Hockey, which has established a number of academy programs across the province and has developed a strong reputation.

District Supt. Peter Jory said student-athletes have in past had to leave the area to join competitive teams and attend academies focused on the sport. ?

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