The Derrick strives to provide quality programs for youth to get physically active and advance in their extracurricular activities. We offer a wide array of different classes that can be taken to ensure there is something your child will enjoy.

When participating in any type of recreation or competitive sport or activity, there is a progressive model that Canada and subsequent organizational bodies use for athletes, whether they are just beginning or a nationally ranked competitor. This model breaks down the stages in specific detail based on age, skill level/ability, and competition. The 7 stages that Sport for Life, Canada’s initiative for sport and recreation, are as follows:
Active Start
From 0 – 6 years, boys and girls need to be engaged in daily active play. Through play and movement, they develop the fundamental movement skills and learn how to link them together. At this stage developmentally appropriate activities will help participants feel competent and comfortable participating in a variety of fun and challenging activities and games.
In the FUNdamentals stage, participants develop fundamental movement skills in structured and unstructured environments for play. The focus is on providing fun, inclusive, multisport, and developmentally appropriate sport and physical activity. These experiences will result in the participant developing a wide range of movement skill along with the confidence and desire to participate.
Learn to Train
Once a wide range of fundamental movement skills have been acquired, participants progress into the Learn to Train stage leading to understanding basic rules, tactics, and strategy in games and refinement of sport specific skills. There are opportunities to participate in multiple sports with competitions focused on skill development and retention. Games and activities are inclusive, fun, and skill based. At the end of the Learn to Train stage, participants grow (or progress) towards sport excellence in the Train to Train stage or being Active for Life, either by being Competitive for Life or Fit for Life.
Train to Train
Athletes enter the Train to Train stage when they have developed proficiency in the athlete development performance components (physical, technical-tactical, mental, and emotional). Rapid physical growth, the development of sporting capability, and commitment occurs in this stage. Athletes will generally specialize in one sport towards the end of the stage. A progression from local to provincial competition occurs over the course of the stage.
Train to Compete
Athletes enter the Train to Compete stage when they are proficient in sport-specific Train to Train athlete development components (physical, technical-tactical, mental, and emotional). Athletes are training nearly full-time and competing at the national level while being introduced to international competition.
Train to Win
Athletes in the Train to Win stage are world class competitors who are competing at the highest level of competition in the world (e.g. Olympics, Paralympics, and World Championships, World Cups or top professional leagues). These athletes have highly personalized training and competition plans and have an integrated support team of physical therapists, athletic therapists, and sport psychologists providing ongoing support.
Active for Life
Individuals who have a desire to be physically active are in the Active for Life stage. A participant may choose to be Competitive for Life or Fit for Life and, if inclined, give back as a sport or physical activity leader. Competitive for Life includes those who compete in any organized sport recreation leagues to Master Games. Fit for Life includes active people who participate in non-competitive physical activity.

The Derrick Youth offers a variety of recreation programs for your children. Geared toward providing children with a launching pad to develop the necessary skills to be a well-rounded individual, there are variety of physical, creative, and educational classes for children to experience and the chance for them to develop social skills and grow more confident.

Youth Programs include:
  • Art
  • Basketball
  • Dance
  • Etiquette
  • Gymnastics
  • Jiu Jitsu
  • Music
  • Soccer
  • Sport Ready
  • STEM
  • Swim
  • Volleyball
With every season there are new opportunities! Take advantage of the seasonal programs to keep your children active all year round. Special camps for each season, additional programs for weather dependent activities and the chance for children to socialize even during school breaks.

Camps take main stage during the Summer! The Derrick offers a comprehensive list of summer camps tailored for children to enhance their creativity, keep active and be challenge educationally, even during the summer holidays while offering them the chance to socialize. You can choose to register your child for Half Day or Full Day camps which gives your family flexibility to work around your schedule.
Camps Include:
  • Sport Day Camp
  • Two Sport Combo Camps
  • Baketball & Volleyball Camps
  • Creative Arts
  • Music
  • STEM
To keep your teenager socialized and active! Make new friends, find a new activity and relieve stress with the Teen activities offered at the Derrick.

Activities Include
  • Teen Boxing Workshop
  • Weightlifting for Teens
  • Themed Teen Nights
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If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to reach out to Isabella Smith, Youth Coordinator, at [email protected].