Kids fit some fun into their lives

Bray People - - Fun Little Athletics Night In Greystones -

OVER 200 young ath­letes from Grey­stones and county Wick­low took part in a McDon­ald’s Fun Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Night at Shore­line Leisure Cen­tre as part of a na­tion­wide pro­gramme.

The pro­gramme en­cour­ages and pro­vides re­sources for chil­dren to be­come in­volved in grass­roots ath­let­ics.

Back in Septem­ber one of Ire­land’s great­est ath­letes, So­nia O’Sul­li­van, launched the pro­gramme and is now the McDon­ald’s Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Am­bas­sador.

The Shore­line Leisure Cen­tre played host to the event where five to ten-year-olds took them­selves away from the plays­ta­tions and into the leisure cen­tre for some fun sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘The McDon­ald’s Lit­tle Ath­let­ics pro­gramme pro­vides a great op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren to par­tic­i­pate in and en­joy the fun­da­men­tals of ath­let­ics and to de­velop skills which will serve them no mat­ter what sport they de­cide to play.This ex­cit­ing part­ner­ship with Ath­let­ics Ire­land pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren from all back­grounds to have ac­cess to the fa­cil­i­ties, ex­per­tise and re­sources which will help them de­velop their sport­ing ca­pa­bil­ity,’ com­mented McDon­ald’s Bray op­er­a­tor John Gal­lagher,

Last Fri­day night the kids of Grey­stones worked with the Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cers of the pro­gramme, fo­cus­ing on the use of games to de­velop fit­ness in a fun way.

Props such as hur­dles, ob­sta­cles, medicine balls, foam javelins, and hula-hoops were used to en­cour­age tum­bling, run­ning, throw­ing, hop­ping and jump­ing.

All the kids had a great night and af­ter so much ac­tiv­ity a good night’s sleep was had by all!

Cor­mac Byrne from Inbhear Dee Ath­let­ics club cel­e­brates with his pals af­ter hit­ting the tar­get.

Scar­let Lactchenko warm­ing up.

Emma Ka­vanagh from Round­wood Ath­let­ics Club

Os­car Freeney, Jack Sal­ley, Mark Crow­ley and Harry Blair.

Vali Pena-Valle, Sa­vanna Craib and Fabi Pena-Valle.

Jane Doyle, Ais­ling Dalby, Katie Law­less and Cather­ine Casey.

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