KenFac kids get into sports for holidays

2016-07-12 06:05
Rugby coach Taalieb Johnson, standing, gave these youngsters some great coaching tips at Play Sport4Life’s schools holiday programme in Factreton.

Rugby coach Taalieb Johnson, standing, gave these youngsters some great coaching tips at Play Sport4Life’s schools holiday programme in Factreton.

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As the Winter school holidays wind down the children of Kensington and Facreton are celebrating a vacation of fun and sports.

Every day for the past two weeks, the Factreton playing fields have been a hive of frenetic activity as more than 100 children pitched up daily to participate in Play Sport4Life’s schools holiday programme.

From 09:00 to 15:00 learners aged from five to 15 were “schooled” in the basics of traditional winter sports like rugby, soccer, hockey and netball.

Expert advice was on hand from qualified coaches and guest appearances by high-profile sporting celebrities such as former Springbok Eddie Andrews thrilled the kids.

The head of the organisation, Miles October, says that they were thrilled with the response to the holiday program.

“This programme has shown us that our children want to play sport,” says October.

“These children are so keen to learn and we are happy to provide the facility for it.

“Play Sport4Life is first and foremost a community organisation and we see this event as a very important community service on a number of levels.

“In the first instance we are providing children with an opportunity to either learn the basics or improve what skills they have playing these winter sports.”

October added that there was another aspect to the holiday program that was a source of great comfort for parents.

“Because we are running this from early morning to mid afternoon, we are also providing parents with some comfort knowing their children are participating in supervised activities,” he says.

“It is an indisputable fact that social problems occur when young children are left to their own devices at certain ages. The children who attend our holiday clinics are engaged, supervised and fed while they are with us.

“It is not only the sporting skills that we address. We also had the uBuntu Boys doing rap classes. Their rap classes revolve around social issues, so these children got an early exposure to what is right and wrong in our society.”

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