Mul­ti­sport pro­gram in­tro­duces chil­dren to dif­fer­ent sports.

CBRM to of­fer seven-week mul­ti­sport pro­gram

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton - BY T.J. COLELLO sports@cb­post.com On Twit­ter: @cb­post_s­ports

Jonathan Penny is hop­ing a new pro­gram helps kids be­come well-rounded ath­letes.

The Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity is of­fer­ing a youth mul­ti­sport pro­gram. The pilot project will al­low kids in Grades Pri­mary and 1 to try out seven sports in 21 ses­sions over seven weeks.

The sports of­fered in­clude rugby, track, skat­ing, soc­cer, bas­ket­ball, swim­ming and ten­nis. Each ses­sion is fa­cil­i­tated by recre­ation pro­gram co-or­di­na­tors and de­liv­ered by com­mu­nity sport or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Penny, the recre­ation pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor with the CBRM, and Dean Morley, Sport Nova Sco­tia’s com­mu­nity sport devel­op­ment co-or­di­na­tor for Cape Bre­ton, came up with the pro­gram to get kids play­ing mul­ti­ple sports in­stead of be­ing sport spe­cific.

“Start­ing with the young kids, we wanted them to learn how to have those fun­da­men­tal move­ment skills so they’d be able to be suc­cess­ful in any kind of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity they want to par­tic­i­pate in,” said Penny.

Penny said a sim­i­lar pilot was held suc­cess­fully in Antigo­nish. It’s based on the Ac­tive for Life na­tional pro­gram. A new web­site, Ac­tive for Life Cape Bre­ton, will be launched soon that will in­clude healthy liv­ing in­for­ma­tion for par­ents.

“It’s go­ing to be the first stage of, hope­fully, a big move­ment that hits the area and even­tu­ally, the na­tion,” he said. “We’re sort of pi­o­neer­ing it, so it’s pretty cool.”

Along with the CBRM and Sport Nova Sco­tia, Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity is a part­ner­ing by pro­vid­ing many of the sport venues. Fund­ing is also com­ing from the pro­vin­cial depart­ment of com­mu­ni­ties, cul­ture and her­itage and the RBC Learn to

Play project.

Reg­is­tra­tion will be held to­day at the Cen­ten­nial Arena in Syd­ney from 5-7 p.m. The cost is $200, and all abil­i­ties are wel­come.

“It’s cool for par­ents be­cause en­rolling their kid in, say, base­ball for $250 and find­ing out the kid didn’t re­ally like it, in this, they’re go­ing to be able to try seven sports and maybe go into one or two of them,” said Penny.

A max­i­mum of 60 par­tic­i­pants — 30 for each age group — will be ac­cepted on a first­come, first-served ba­sis. Ses­sions be­gin Sun­day with rugby and run un­til the first week of July.

If it’s suc­cess­ful, Penny said they’re hop­ing to ex­pand the pro­gram in the fall and look at in­clud­ing older age groups.

T.J. COLELLO/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Jonathan Penny, recre­ation pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor with the CBRM, is hop­ing a new mul­ti­sport pro­gram will get youth try­ing new ac­tiv­i­ties.

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