It’s a natural, of course, especially being the two organizations are virtually next door neighbours, but Lambton College and the Sarnia Sting OHL hockey club have now formalized a partnership that both say will pay off in tangible ways.
For the Sting, part of the magic comes in having access to a new Athletics & Fitness Complex, which the club will use for “dry-land” training purposes and fitness testing.
But the club will also have access to the new NOVA Chemicals Health & Research Centre, opening the door for collaborative applied research opportunities in the areas of exercise physiology and sport marketing research.
Bill Abercrombie, president of the Sarnia Sting, said the formal partnership is long overdue.
“Our organization has a strong connection with Lambton College through the graduates we’e hired and we are looking forward to furthering this by working on applied research projects with their Sports and Recreation Administration and Fitness and Health Promotion students,” said Abercrombie.
Lambton College CEO Judith Morris echoed Abercrombie’s enthusiasm.
“(We) have always worked together to improve opportunities for students and this agreement is a win for all involved,” she said. “Formalizing this partnership means we can continue to provide our students with experiential learning opportunities while working to promote both of our organizations within the community and across the province.”
As part of the agreement, there is a potential for scholarships from the Sarnia Sting to go to students who are connected with the hockey club.