Kiddies show mettle in sports

2016-03-17 06:00
 Learners from educare centres in Crossroads attended a sports day aimed at keeping them active.  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Learners from educare centres in Crossroads attended a sports day aimed at keeping them active. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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It was day of fun and games for young children in Crossroads when the local educare centres held their annual sports day on Friday.

Eleven ECDs from the Crossroads forum had their tiny tots pitted against each other in the sporting activities such as running of 100 metre dash, sack race and egg and spoon race.

Parents and the elderly were invited to the all day event that was hosted by Bambanani Educare in the Mfesane Centre.

“We started hosting the sports day in 2011 after realising that the young children aspired to got school because of such activities.

They would cry about going with their older siblings because there so many activities being done at their schools but they couldn’t go because they were too young,” said Nontembeko Tshazi, chairperson of the Crossroads Educare Forum.

She said that they then decided to start the sports day for the youngsters between two and six years old.

She said that the sports day was good in encouraging the young children to keep active. “We have to cultivate their love for sports at an early age so that they can have healthy lifestyle. They also need to develop social skills while they are still young,” said Tshazi.

A sentiment shared by Sobambisana’s Vathiswa Melani who said that it was crucial for the children to gain social skills.

“Even though they are young they need to know how to get along with other children from other centres.

It also helps because it boosts moral and the children get to have something to talk about as well,” said Melani.

She said that they were happy to host the event and were even happier that parents came to support and thanked everyone involved in the organisation of the event.

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