PRESS RELEASE
(London, ON.)

The London Knights announced a partnership with Total Package Hockey (TPH) and Blyth Academy London, to launch the London Knights Hockey Academy Powered by TPH. Blyth Academy is a full-time private school that also offers part-time, semi-private, and private courses. Blyth Academy London will now also provide a unique blend of academics and hockey athletics. Students grades 6-12 will have the opportunity to develop their hockey skills, while attending a school in a very specialized environment.

Students attending the academy will take part in off-ice training sessions powered by TPH, on-ice curriculum jointly administered by the London Knights coaching staff and TPH, video sessions put on by the London Knights coaching staff, as well as personalized, focused academics taught by Blyth Academy London. Blyth Academy London will oversee all academic learning for grades 6-12, with grades 6-8 operating out of the Western Fair, and grades 9-12 operating out of Ignatia Hall at the Mount.

All current London Knights players will be attending Blyth Academy for their education and hockey development.

“I am delighted to join with the London Knights and TPH in creating a top level hockey academy in London, Ontario. The small classroom environment, flexible schedules and personalized attention offered at Blyth have proved key to our elite athletes’ success both in their chosen sport and academically,” said Sam Blyth-Chair, Blyth Academy.

“We’re excited for this new chapter in the London Knights organization. This opportunity will allow our players to focus on their schooling while developing their hockey skills both on and off the ice,” Knights head coach Dale Hunter said. “The balanced schedule will allow our players to develop to their fullest potential. This will also give us a great opportunity to give back to the community and contribute to the success of our up and coming local talent.”

The London Knights Hockey Academy Powered by TPH is accepting applications now. Those interested can contact Dwayne Blais (dwayne@totalpackagehockey.ca) and Rob Simpson (rob.simpson@londonknights.com).

The London Knights Hockey Academy Powered by TPH will open the doors of Blyth Academy London for an open house on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013, from 5pm to 7pm. London Knights coaching staff, players, TPH instructors, and Blyth Academy teachers will be on hand at Ignatia Hall to provide information, answer any questions, and give tours of the facility.

Blyth Academy London
Ignatia Hall
1468 Richmond St
London, ON
N6G 2M3
Admissions Office: 416-960-3552
admissions@blytheducation.com

Total Package Hockey (TPH)
Western Fair
865 Florence St
London, ON
N5W 6G6
Office: 519-453-8989
Cell: 519-933-8741
dwayne@totalpackagehockey.ca

London Knights Hockey Club
Budweiser Gardens
99 Dundas St
London, ON
N6A 6K1
Phone: 519-681-0800 ext. 6441
rob.simpson@londonknights.com

Though our physical doors remain temporarily closed, the minds of our students stay open. Summer classes are continuing to meet on their regular daily schedules, in virtual classrooms with face-to-face instruction and peer interaction.  The Blyth Academy model of small class sizes, flexible scheduling and individualized approach have enabled us to remain faithful to our standards. Our commitment to ongoing and meaningful communication between school, teachers, students and families has been critical to this effort.

Although our students have transitioned into summer mode and COVID-19 restrictions have begun to loosen, we are looking ahead to what September will hold for our campuses and families.
We want to be clear - our preference and our priority is to get students back to our campuses, but we must ensure this is done in a safe and effective way. While we await official guidance from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, a "return to school" task force has been hard at work putting concrete operational plans in place for all likely scenarios. This includes a full return to campus with safeguards, a blended model of virtual and in-campus learning and the continuation of fully virtual classrooms. All scenarios will provide robust learning and live, daily instruction and interaction with teachers and peers. 
With ten campuses across Ontario, we realize that each one of our schools is a unique space and community. We will be implementing across-the-board policies on hand washing, facility cleaning and social distancing measures. Each school is also prepared to pivot individually based on the guidance of local health authorities and to best serve students and families. 
Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Blyth Academy families are eager to return to campuses, and we are hard at work to prepare for this day. As September's scenario becomes clearer and more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate. 

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