Kids fit some fun into their lives
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.