Valley East Renegades Athletic Association Demonstrates How The Values and Principles of the True Sport Movement Can Be Applied For The Good of Sport  

One night during 1976 or so, Jim McLoughlin and a few of his “buddies” gathered around the table to discuss hockey over a couple of “cold ones”. Over 35 years later the youth of Valley East and Greater Sudbury are still benefiting from the results of that discussion. Jim, the only founding member who is still an active member of the Valley East Renegades Athletic Association, had a chance to sit down with Robert Kirwan, True Sport Community Animator for Northern Ontario , recently to share some of his memories and experiences.

Jim and Bob covered a lot of topics associated with minor hockey, including the need for coaches and volunteers to keep in mind the reason why children play sports in the first place – to have fun!

One of the fundamental principles that both True Sport and the Renegades believe in is the need for FAIR PLAY. Jim explained that in his mind sport organizations must pay more attention to making sure that young players are competing with their own calibre. “They are not going to get anything out of their hockey experience if they never touch the puck. It is critical for kids to play at their own level so that they feel they are part of the game.”

They also talked about the challenges faced with Rep Hockey, especially when parents have unreasonable expectations that their children will make it to the professional ranks. This just places undue pressure on the players, the coaches and the officials, ultimately often forcing the young player to quit the game and do something else.

If you have a chance to listen to all or part of the interview, you will enjoy the thoughts that are discussed by Jim and Bob. They offer much food for thought about youth sport and without a doubt you will recognize the passion that Jim has maintained all these years as he continues to put his heart into providing positive experiences for young boys and girls.  

NOTE: Jim will be Robert Kirwan's special guest during a two-hour live talk radio show on Monday, August 8, 2011 broadcast from the studios of Laurentian University's CKLU 96.7 FM. The entire interview will be posted on this web site for you to listen to on demand. If you would like to catch the live show you can listen to it at 96.7 on your FM dial or you can hear the show streamed at Bob and Jim will be discussing the NOHA Hockey Summit that will be taking place from August 5 to 7, 2011 in Sudbury.



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Robert Kirwan and Jim McLoughlin engage in an open discussion about the history and mission of the Valley East Renegades Athletic Association, which was founded in the mid 1970’s and continues to provide support to the community through the world of sports.  The four-part series covers over an hour of topics and thoughts about the issues and challenges that exist in minor hockey today. Jim also provides some excellent insight into the priorities that have been front and centre with the Renegades for over 35 years. The Valley East Renegades offer other similar sport organizations an excellent model from which to start if they are interested in ensuring that sport achieves its full potential.

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