Sense of com­mu­nity at clubs

Isis Town and Country - - News -

WITH a strong push for par­ents to get their chil­dren off the couch and out play­ing a sport, Childers and sur­round­ing dis­tricts are pro­vid­ing a wealth of op­tions when it comes to join­ing a club.

Cov­er­ing a va­ri­ety of age groups, th­ese clubs al­low peo­ple to try a new sport or de­velop their skills fur­ther, meet new peo­ple and re­ally feel like they are part of some­thing.

Given the area has a wealth of open space, good fields, halls and other re­sources avail­able to clubs, there is such po­ten­tial to try some­thing new.

Isis and District Swim­ming Club vice-pres­i­dent Jenny Black said she had seen a huge dif­fer­ence in her daugh­ter’s con­fi­dence since join­ing the club.

“She was very in­tro­verted be­fore join­ing the swim­ming club and it has brought her right out and re­ally given her the abil­ity to so­cialise and learn new skills,” she said.

“I find even for my­self as a par­ent that it is a great com­mu­nity at­mos­phere and I would never have met half the peo­ple I have if it wasn’t for swim­ming club.”

As well as be­ing an af­ford­able op­tion for par­ents, Jenny liked the fit­ness as­pect for the chil­dren.

“This is a non-con­tact sport and, be­cause we travel to other meets, chil­dren learn that even though they may be tired they have to get in the pool and get it done.

“It is a great way for chil­dren to learn new skills in the pool three or four times a week with coach Mike Roberts and as a real car­dio sport they are able to build up their res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem well.

“Ba­si­cally it is fun, fit­ness and skill based and gets ev­ery­one in­volved.”

An­other lo­cal club pro­mot­ing fun and ex­er­cise in the out­doors, plus the chance to de­velop new skills, is the Isis District Horse and Pony Club.

Club sec­re­tary Gaye Cook said the club was a nice and safe en­vi­ron­ment for those in­ter­ested in horses to mix with peo­ple of sim­i­lar in­ter­ests.

“While those want­ing to join the club must have their own horse, we find that many en­joy the op­por­tu­nity to learn more about rid­ing and the care of their horse,” she said.

To high­light your club and its ad­van­tages, phone Linda Tim­mons, 4153 8529.


FUN AND FIT­NESS: Swim­ming has many ad­van­tages.

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