Play­ing sport and hav­ing fun, too

Chil­dren learn skills

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

You know it’s been a good out­ing for the kids if some of them are asleep in the bus on the way home.

Last Tues­day, Ath­let­ics New Zealand and New Zealand Post hosted more than 600 chil­dren aged 4 to 7 at the ASB Sports Cen­tre in Welling­ton for the Get Set Go Path­ways to Sport­ing Suc­cess pro­gramme.

Porirua and Tawa schools that at­tended were St Theresa’s, Can­nons Creek, Pukerua Bay, Pare­mata, Windley and Hamp­ton Hill.

Can­nons Creek School teacher Dun­can Mur­ray said his 25 chil­dren thor­oughly en­joyed the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop skills that in­cluded the ba­sics of run­ning, jump­ing, kick­ing and throw­ing.

‘‘ They had a won­der­ful day learn­ing skills through play­ing games,’’ he said.

‘‘ The en­thu­si­as­tic way it’s de­liv­ered in­spires all chil­dren in our ju­nior school and makes it pretty hard not to like.’’

Mur­ray said the way the ac­tiv­i­ties were set up at the sports cen­tre meant there was no queu­ing or wait­ing, just con­stant fun.

‘‘There was no down-time; it was full-on.

‘‘We had at least six kids sleep­ing in the bus on the way back to Porirua, so what does that say?’’

Mur­ray said the Get Set Go pro­gramme is free for schools to run and he en­cour­aged other schools to give it a trial.

Teach­ers and

coaches

are pro­vided with train­ing and as­sess­ment tools to run it at their schools.

Get Set Go Man­ager Karen Lau­rie said the goal was to have ev­ery child con­fi­dent in the ba­sic skills so they were able to en­joy all sports and have an ac­tive life­style.

‘‘Con­cen­trat­ing on any one par­tic­u­lar sport at this age is not the best way to de­velop chil­dren’s sports skills for later on in life,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s far bet­ter to teach a broad range of ba­sic sports skills they will need to pur­sue whichever sports ac­tiv­ity they choose.’’

Photo: MASANORI UDAGAWA

On the go:

Ed­ward Nouata was one of the Can­nons Creek School pupils who was on the go for hours at ASB Sports Cen­tre last week.

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