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As an extension of the Curling Learning Centre, created by Jan Pula, our goal is to create an environment for all ages and levels of curlers to learn, improve and have fun. 

Northern Performance Curling Centre was put in place to become the first of it’s kind in Northern Ontario, offering services from novice curlers to elite athletes. NPCC is here to service the needs and interests of curlers in the North.

Please visit our Facebook page for updated information on our current offerings and to learn about what we will be offering in the future.

2021-2022 Schedule

Program info and pricing will be available soon!


Private and Group Lessons

A 1 or 2 hour session with a coach that emphasizes the desired area(s) of focus. These areas can include line of delivery, sweeping, balance, release, etc. Discuss with one of our coaches what you'd like to work on and they will customize the lesson for you or your group. Individual lessons Members: $50 per hour Non-Members: $60 per hour Group Lessons (2-4 people) Members: $80 per hour Non-Members: $90 per hour


Our courses are 4-8 weeks in length with one 1.5 hour lesson per week. They are designed to be a gradual learning process where different skills are learned each lesson. Each week's discussions will carry on into the next week's instruction. Great for all levels! Pricing varies depending on the course. Please email with any questions.


Our clinics can run for a half day, full day or an entire weekend and can focus on a number of topics. These will be more condensed opportunities to learn the basics of curling as well as advanced specific skills. Popular topics can include strategy, intro to curling, sweeping and communication, team dynamics, line of delivery, release, etc. Advanced/Intermediate Full Day: $160/person Half Day: $80/person Hourly: $40/person Beginner/New Full Day: $120/person Half Day: $60/person Hourly: $30/person

Program Development

Weekly lesson plans that can be catered to groups with a wide range of age and skill levels. From youth to adult programs, we are able to create detailed lessons so each week is efficient and focused on the athlete development process. It also saves a lot of time and effort for volunteers and club employees. Please contact us for pricing.

Coaching Support

An opportunity for coaches to learn different strategies in which they can help their athletes develop in many aspects of the game. This is also a great opportunity for those interested in learning techniques to teach the sport to others. We understand how important coaches are in athlete development and how valuable of a resource they can be. We want to help coaches bring out the best in their athletes and give them the confidence to do so.


Amanda Gates

Amanda started curling in the Idylwylde Little Rocks program when she was 10 years old. She showed interest right away and fell in love with the sport! Since then, she has demonstrated her passion by competing at a high level and regularly participating in coaching others. When Amanda is not curling, she works as an Account Manager for Cambrian Insurance. Her hobbies include swimming, playing sports, puzzles and travelling. Amanda has had quite an extensive competitive curling career. She has been to 3 Junior Nationals, 3 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, 3 University Nationals, 1 College National, 2 Mixed Nationals and 1 Mixed Doubles Nationals. At the 2012 Scotties, Amanda was the recipient of the Marj Mitchell Sportsmanship Award as nominated by her peers. At the 2018 Scotties her team represented Northern Ontario and made it to the page playoff round, ending up 4th overall. In 2019 & 2020, Amanda was a silver medalist at the Northern Ontario Scotties. Along with provincial and national success, Amanda has had many successes on the World Curling Tour and the Grand Slam of Curling circuit. Coaching is something that Amanda really enjoys and she has had some incredible opportunities. She has been a coach with Amethyst Curling Camp for over 10 years. She has had the opportunity to coach at the WCF Fussen Camp in Germany in 2008 & 2009. Along with coaching camps, Amanda has coached several teams and helped them excel. She was the coach of Team Canada at the 2009 International Children's Games in Switzerland where they won a gold medal. She has coached a Junior Mens team to a silver medal at the 2012 Northern Ontario Junior Provincials. She is a receipient of the Northern Ontario Junior Provincial Coaching Award as well. In 2020, Amanda coached Team Northwest Territories at the Scotties.

Jen Gates

Jen started curling when she was 6 years old in the Idylwylde Little Rocks Program and hasn't looked back since. Her love for curling quickly grew and she began competing at just 12 years old. When Jen isn't curling, she works as the Curling & Communications Manager for the Idylwylde Golf & Country Club. Her hobbies include makeup artistry, writing, working out and travelling. Jen's curling success began with 3 Bantam Provincial titles. appearances at the 2004 & 2006 Ontario Winter Games and 2 appearances at the U18 Nationals. This led to another 3 Provincial titles in Juniors, including a bronze medal in 2010. She has won 2 University National titles, representing Canada at the 2012 Karuizawa International Championships and the 2013 World University Games. She joined her sister, Amanda, at the 2012 Scotties Tournament of Hearts as Team Ontario's fifth player. After graduating from Wilfrid Laurier in 2012, Jen moved to Edmonton to train with the National Training Center and focus on her curling career. Since then, her teams have experienced great success on the World Curling Tour and Grand Slam of Curling circuit, sitting at 8th in the world during her best season. In 2015 & 2016, Jen competed both in the Canada Cup and the Pinty's All Star Skins games in Banff. Jen won the 2019 Northern Ontario Scotties placing 4th at the Scotties. She also received the First Team All-Star Second Award. She also won the 2020 Northern Ontario Scotties, placing 4th again. Jen began coaching in 2012 after moving out west and quickly discovered her passion for it. She was mentored by some of the best coaches in the country on how to develop athletes into champions. She worked with the University of Alberta varsity program primarily coaching youth aged 12-16 years old. She also taught private and group lessons regularly at the Saville Community Sports Centre and instructed weekly summer camps for 4 years.

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