◊ Edge Mountaineers
Edge School Skill Academy Fort McMurray has been given the green light by Fort McMurray Public School district to expand for 2012-13. To learn more, read this recent article from Fort McMurray Today.
The Fort McMurray Public School district has approved, in principal, the expansion of the Edge School for Athletes here in Fort McMurray and organizer and founder, Brent Devost, says he’s thrilled about the potential growth.
The motion was passed at Monday’s board meeting and, according to Devost, potential expansion of the program could see the number of participants triple from 68 current students to over 200 in the next three to five years.
“It’s fantastic news,” said Devost. “Typically you want to get into a community and really show them what you can do. You have to prove it and it’s no different here.”
Devost said his hard work and drive is a contributing factor to the expansion of the program, but added the students enrolled in the program help as they’re the ambassadors to the community.
“We had almost 70 students and they are the ambassadors for the program, so it’s really rewarding to hear from the Board of Trustee’s that they’re hearing great things in the community, they’re seeing great things and that they’ll continue to support this,” said Devost.
He explained the expansion is still in the works, but the school is looking to branch out to a number of different sports that could potentially include soccer and swimming.
“We’re looking at where there’s interest,” said Devost. “We’re looking at where interest lies in the market around other sports, what the facilities are and if there are facilities to accommodate it and we look at the coaching and the local coaching we could bring into the community.”
He continued, “We look at things like that to determine if there’s really a desire or an opportunity to make that big impact like we are right now with hockey and dance ... and if we see those kind of points aligning themselves — coaches, lots of participants, a desire to have a program built within a school district and the facilities to support it — we’re going to take a serious look at offering it,” said Devost.
He also pointed out that it’s not only young athletes who benefit from the program, but parents as well, adding the Edge School For Athletes allows parents to pursue better career opportunities in Fort McMurray without having to sacrifice programs that advances their child’s skills.
“This is allowing kids the opportunity to stay here and develop at a high level and that’s really awesome,” said Devost.
While the program is currently available at École McTavish Junior High School and École Dickinsfield, Devost says the future expansion will work to include Westwood Community High School first, and then he’ll continue working to expand to other schools within the district.