The Napier Mail - - BACKYARD BANTER - For more in­for­ma­tion about McDon­ald’s Ju­nior Foot­ball, visit nz­foot­ To en­rol your kids in a sport­ing league in the new year, ask at their school or keep an eye out on Neigh­bourly.

‘‘You don’t have to be a pro­fes­sional coach to help chil­dren learn new skills,’’ Prosser says. ‘‘The more en­thu­si­as­tic par­ents can be, whilst prais­ing the chil­dren for their ef­forts, the more en­gag­ing the ac­tiv­ity. The key thing is get­ting out there and kick­ing a ball around with them – we nor­mally find that the par­ents en­joy it as much as the chil­dren!’’

En­cour­age chil­dren to make fit­ness and ba­sic skills main­te­nance a daily habit.

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