Young athletics talent spotted

2017-11-21 06:01

Western Province Athletics (WPA) hosted its third Little Athletics event at Vygieskraal Stadium on Saturday.

The initiative introduces children between the ages of eight and 13 years to track and field activities. Participants are able to develop the skills of running, jumping and throwing.

The nature of the event also encourages parents to be involved.

“As the custodians of athletics in the region, we are going to all communities, because athletics is for everyone and it is alive. We seek to identify even more talented athletes at a young age, so that we can nurture and guide youngsters,” says WPA head of development Michael Schouw.

He says the project is a development programme and not a competition, with the idea to give children an opportunity where not enough opportunities outside of the children’s athletics series are available.

The ultimate aim of the programme is also to develop athletics from grassroots to the highest levels of excellence and to welcome children from all areas to actively participate.

“The programme provides the opportunity to broaden kids’ existing prospects within sport and other non-sport related areas. The plan is to initiate the process of identifying talent with these programmes in the hope that WPA supports, encourages, develops and optimises the talent within the Western Province,” adds Schouw.

Schouw says WPA is committed to finding and nurturing young talent.

“It is fantastic to see that the kids who are not club members are coming out to be part of the athletics event. That is exactly the target market that we want. We want to get the kids who are at schools who don’t get an off-season opportunity to participate in athletics. It really is a competition about technique and coaches working with them to improve for the school’s competition and the actual provincial competition in March/April next year,” he says.

The children’s athletics series also serves as a chance for already competitive athletes to keep their performance sharp for the main athletics season which starts in January. That new talent is already been added to bolster WPA’s current stock.

“The results so far are that at least five or six kids have been identified. I must stress that most of the identification has come through girls, which is awesome, because that is where we are looking for talent as well because we don’t have enough girls taking part in the sport,” says Schouw.

He adds that the final of the children’s athletics series will take place at Vygieskraal Stadium again, on 8 December from 19:00 to 21:00.

“The series has only been at Vygieskraal. But we have the street athletics and we have the kids’ athletics, which sounds very similar, but at the kids’ athletics we have coaches at schools identifying talent. We have three feeder systems into Western Province for young people.

“Most of the kids who have qualified first, second and third will get an automatic invitation. It is open to everybody, but we want those who have done well to have a bit more prestige on that night.”V For more information email WPA development officer Ricardo Jaftha at youth@wpathletics.co.za.

Western Province Athletics (WPA) hosted its third Little Athletics event at Vygieskraal Stadium on Saturday.

The initiative introduces children between the ages of eight and 13 years to track and field activities. Participants are able to develop the skills of running, jumping and throwing.

The nature of the event also encourages parents to be involved.

“As the custodians of athletics in the region, we are going to all communities, because athletics is for everyone and it is alive. We seek to identify even more talented athletes at a young age, so that we can nurture and guide youngsters,” says WPA head of development Michael Schouw.

He says the project is a development programme and not a competition, with the idea to give children an opportunity where not enough opportunities outside of the children’s athletics series are available.

The ultimate aim of the programme is also to develop athletics from grassroots to the highest levels of excellence and to welcome children from all areas to actively participate.

“The programme provides the opportunity to broaden kids’ existing prospects within sport and other non-sport related areas.

“The plan is to initiate the process of identifying talent with these programmes in the hope that WPA supports, encourages, develops and optimises the talent within the Western Province,” adds Schouw.

Schouw says WPA is committed to finding and nurturing young ­talent.

“It is fantastic to see that the kids who are not club members are coming out to be part of the athletics event.

“That is exactly the target market that we want. We want to get the kids who are at schools who don’t get an off-season opportunity to participate in athletics. It really is a competition about technique and coaches working with them to improve for the school’s competition and the actual provincial competition in March/April next year,” he says.

The children’s athletics series also serves as a chance for already competitive athletes to keep their performance sharp for the main athletics season which starts in January. That new talent is already been added to bolster WPA’s current stock.

“The results so far are that at least five or six kids have been identified. I must stress that most of the identification has come through girls, which is awesome, because that is where we are looking for talent as well because we don’t have enough girls taking part in the sport,” says Schouw.

He adds that the final of the children’s athletics series will take place at Vygieskraal Stadium again, on 8 December from 19:00 to 21:00.

“The series has only been at Vygieskraal. But we have the street athletics and we have the kids’ athletics, which sounds very similar, but at the kids’ athletics we have coaches at schools identifying ­talent.

“We have three feeder systems into Western Province for young people.

“Most of the kids who have qualified first, second and third will get an automatic invitation. It is open to everybody, but we want those who have done well to have a bit more prestige on that night.”V For more information email WPA development officer Ricardo Jaftha at youth@wpathletics.co.za.

Western Province Athletics (WPA) hosted its third Little Athletics event at Vygieskraal Stadium on Saturday.

The initiative introduces children between the ages of eight and 13 years to track and field activities.

Participants are able to develop the skills of running, jumping and throwing.

The nature of the event also encourages parents to be involved.

“As the custodians of athletics in the region, we are going to all communities, because athletics is for everyone and it is alive.

“We seek to identify even more talented athletes at a young age, so that we can nurture and guide youngsters,” says WPA head of development Michael Schouw.

He says the project is a development programme and not a competition, with the idea to give children an opportunity where not enough opportunities outside of the children’s athletics series are available.

The ultimate aim of the programme is also to develop athletics from grassroots to the highest levels of excellence and to welcome children from all areas to actively participate. “The programme provides the opportunity to broaden kids’ existing prospects within sport and other non-sport related areas. The plan is to initiate the process of identifying talent with these programmes in the hope that WPA supports, encourages, develops and optimises the talent within the Western Province,” adds Schouw.

Schouw says WPA is committed to finding and nurturing young talent.

“It is fantastic to see that the kids who are not club members are coming out to be part of the athletics event.

“That is exactly the target market that we want.

“We want to get the kids who are at schools who don’t get an off-season opportunity to participate in athletics.

“It really is a competition about technique and coaches working with them to improve for the school’s competition and the actual provincial competition in March/April next year,” he says.

The children’s athletics series also serves as a chance for already competitive athletes to keep their performance sharp for the main athletics season which starts in ­January.

That new talent is already been added to bolster WPA’s current stock.

“The results so far are that at least five or six kids have been identified.

“I must stress that most of the identification has come through girls, which is awesome, because that is where we are looking for talent as well because we don’t have enough girls taking part in the sport,” says Schouw.

He adds that the final of the children’s athletics series will take place at Vygieskraal Stadium again, on 8 December from 19:00 to 21:00.

“The series has only been at Vygieskraal. But we have the street athletics and we have the kids’ athletics, which sounds very similar, but at the kids’ athletics we have coaches at schools identifying talent.

“We have three feeder systems into Western Province for young people.

“Most of the kids who have qualified first, second and third will get an automatic ­invitation.

“It is open to everybody, but we want those who have done well to have a bit more prestige on that night.”V For more information email WPA development officer Ricardo Jaftha at youth@wpathletics.co.za.

Western Province Athletics (WPA) hosted its third Little Athletics event at Vygieskraal Stadium on Saturday.

The initiative introduces children between the ages of eight and 13 years to track and field activities.

Participants are able to develop the skills of running, jumping and throwing.

The nature of the event also encourages parents to be involved.

“As the custodians of athletics in the region, we are going to all communities, because athletics is for everyone and it is alive.

“We seek to identify even more talented athletes at a young age, so that we can nurture and guide youngsters,” says WPA head of development Michael Schouw.

He says the project is a development programme and not a competition, with the idea to give children an opportunity where not enough opportunities outside of the children’s athletics series are available.

The ultimate aim of the programme is also to develop athletics from grassroots to the highest levels of excellence and to welcome children from all areas to actively participate. “The programme provides the opportunity to broaden kids’ existing prospects within sport and other non-sport related areas. The plan is to initiate the process of identifying talent with these programmes in the hope that WPA supports, encourages, develops and optimises the talent within the Western Province,” adds Schouw.

Schouw says WPA is committed to finding and nurturing young talent.

“It is fantastic to see that the kids who are not club members are coming out to be part of the athletics event.

“That is exactly the target market that we want.

“We want to get the kids who are at schools who don’t get an off-season opportunity to participate in athletics.

“It really is a competition about technique and coaches working with them to improve for the school’s competition and the actual provincial competition in March/April next year,” he says.

The children’s athletics series also serves as a chance for already competitive athletes to keep their performance sharp for the main athletics season which starts in ­January.

That new talent is already been added to bolster WPA’s current stock.

“The results so far are that at least five or six kids have been identified.

“I must stress that most of the identification has come through girls, which is awesome, because that is where we are looking for talent as well because we don’t have enough girls taking part in the sport,” says Schouw.

He adds that the final of the children’s athletics series will take place at Vygieskraal Stadium again, on 8 December from 19:00 to 21:00.

“The series has only been at Vygieskraal. But we have the street athletics and we have the kids’ athletics, which sounds very similar, but at the kids’ athletics we have coaches at schools identifying talent.

“We have three feeder systems into Western Province for young people.

“Most of the kids who have qualified first, second and third will get an automatic ­invitation.

“It is open to everybody, but we want those who have done well to have a bit more prestige on that night.”V For more information email WPA development officer Ricardo Jaftha at youth@wpathletics.co.za.

Western Province Athletics (WPA) hosted its third Little Athletics event at Vygieskraal Stadium on Saturday.

The initiative introduces children between the ages of eight and 13 years to track and field activities.

Participants are able to develop the skills of running, jumping and throwing.

The nature of the event also encourages parents to be involved.

“As the custodians of athletics in the region, we are going to all communities, because athletics is for everyone and it is alive.

“We seek to identify even more talented athletes at a young age, so that we can nurture and guide youngsters,” says WPA head of development Michael Schouw.

He says the project is a development programme and not a competition, with the idea to give children an opportunity where not enough opportunities outside of the children’s athletics series are available.

The ultimate aim of the programme is also to develop athletics from grassroots to the highest levels of excellence and to welcome children from all areas to actively participate. “The programme provides the opportunity to broaden kids’ existing prospects within sport and other non-sport related areas. The plan is to initiate the process of identifying talent with these programmes in the hope that WPA supports, encourages, develops and optimises the talent within the Western Province,” adds Schouw.

Schouw says WPA is committed to finding and nurturing young talent.

“It is fantastic to see that the kids who are not club members are coming out to be part of the athletics event.

“That is exactly the target market that we want.

“We want to get the kids who are at schools who don’t get an off-season opportunity to participate in athletics.

“It really is a competition about technique and coaches working with them to improve for the school’s competition and the actual provincial competition in March/April next year,” he says.

The children’s athletics series also serves as a chance for already competitive athletes to keep their performance sharp for the main athletics season which starts in ­January.

That new talent is already been added to bolster WPA’s current stock.

“The results so far are that at least five or six kids have been identified.

“I must stress that most of the identification has come through girls, which is awesome, because that is where we are looking for talent as well because we don’t have enough girls taking part in the sport,” says Schouw.

He adds that the final of the children’s athletics series will take place at Vygieskraal Stadium again, on 8 December from 19:00 to 21:00.

“The series has only been at Vygieskraal. But we have the street athletics and we have the kids’ athletics, which sounds very similar, but at the kids’ athletics we have coaches at schools identifying talent.

“We have three feeder systems into Western Province for young people.

“Most of the kids who have qualified first, second and third will get an automatic ­invitation.

“It is open to everybody, but we want those who have done well to have a bit more prestige on that night.”V For more information email WPA development officer Ricardo Jaftha at youth@wpathletics.co.za.

Western Province Athletics (WPA) hosted its third Little Athletics event at Vygieskraal Stadium on Saturday.

The initiative introduces children between the ages of eight and 13 years to track and field activities.

Participants are able to develop the skills of running, jumping and throwing.

The nature of the event also encourages parents to be involved.

“As the custodians of athletics in the region, we are going to all communities, because athletics is for everyone and it is alive.

“We seek to identify even more talented athletes at a young age, so that we can nurture and guide youngsters,” says WPA head of development Michael Schouw.

He says the project is a development programme and not a competition, with the idea to give children an opportunity where not enough opportunities outside of the children’s athletics series are available.

The ultimate aim of the programme is also to develop athletics from grassroots to the highest levels of excellence and to welcome children from all areas to actively participate. “The programme provides the opportunity to broaden kids’ existing prospects within sport and other non-sport related areas. The plan is to initiate the process of identifying talent with these programmes in the hope that WPA supports, encourages, develops and optimises the talent within the Western Province,” adds Schouw.

Schouw says WPA is committed to finding and nurturing young talent.

“It is fantastic to see that the kids who are not club members are coming out to be part of the athletics event.

“That is exactly the target market that we want.

“We want to get the kids who are at schools who don’t get an off-season opportunity to participate in athletics.

“It really is a competition about technique and coaches working with them to improve for the school’s competition and the actual provincial competition in March/April next year,” he says.

The children’s athletics series also serves as a chance for already competitive athletes to keep their performance sharp for the main athletics season which starts in ­January.

That new talent is already been added to bolster WPA’s current stock.

“The results so far are that at least five or six kids have been identified.

“I must stress that most of the identification has come through girls, which is awesome, because that is where we are looking for talent as well because we don’t have enough girls taking part in the sport,” says Schouw.

He adds that the final of the children’s athletics series will take place at Vygieskraal Stadium again, on 8 December from 19:00 to 21:00.

“The series has only been at Vygieskraal. But we have the street athletics and we have the kids’ athletics, which sounds very similar, but at the kids’ athletics we have coaches at schools identifying talent.

“We have three feeder systems into Western Province for young people.

“Most of the kids who have qualified first, second and third will get an automatic ­invitation.

“It is open to everybody, but we want those who have done well to have a bit more prestige on that night.”V For more information email WPA development officer Ricardo Jaftha at youth@wpathletics.co.za.

Western Province Athletics (WPA) hosted its third Little Athletics event at Vygieskraal Stadium on Saturday.

The initiative introduces children between the ages of eight and 13 years to track and field activities.

Participants are able to develop the skills of running, jumping and throwing.

The nature of the event also encourages parents to be involved.

“As the custodians of athletics in the region, we are going to all communities, because athletics is for everyone and it is alive.

“We seek to identify even more talented athletes at a young age, so that we can nurture and guide youngsters,” says WPA head of development Michael Schouw.

He says the project is a development programme and not a competition, with the idea to give children an opportunity where not enough opportunities outside of the children’s athletics series are available.

The ultimate aim of the programme is also to develop athletics from grassroots to the highest levels of excellence and to welcome children from all areas to actively participate. “The programme provides the opportunity to broaden kids’ existing prospects within sport and other non-sport related areas. The plan is to initiate the process of identifying talent with these programmes in the hope that WPA supports, encourages, develops and optimises the talent within the Western Province,” adds Schouw.

Schouw says WPA is committed to finding and nurturing young talent.

“It is fantastic to see that the kids who are not club members are coming out to be part of the athletics event.

“That is exactly the target market that we want.

“We want to get the kids who are at schools who don’t get an off-season opportunity to participate in athletics.

“It really is a competition about technique and coaches working with them to improve for the school’s competition and the actual provincial competition in March/April next year,” he says.

The children’s athletics series also serves as a chance for already competitive athletes to keep their performance sharp for the main athletics season which starts in ­January.

That new talent is already been added to bolster WPA’s current stock.

“The results so far are that at least five or six kids have been identified.

“I must stress that most of the identification has come through girls, which is awesome, because that is where we are looking for talent as well because we don’t have enough girls taking part in the sport,” says Schouw.

He adds that the final of the children’s athletics series will take place at Vygieskraal Stadium again, on 8 December from 19:00 to 21:00.

“The series has only been at Vygieskraal. But we have the street athletics and we have the kids’ athletics, which sounds very similar, but at the kids’ athletics we have coaches at schools identifying talent.

“We have three feeder systems into Western Province for young people.

“Most of the kids who have qualified first, second and third will get an automatic ­invitation.

“It is open to everybody, but we want those who have done well to have a bit more prestige on that night.”V For more information email WPA development officer Ricardo Jaftha at youth@wpathletics.co.za.

Western Province Athletics (WPA) hosted its third Little Athletics event at Vygieskraal Stadium on Saturday.

The initiative introduces children between the ages of eight and 13 years to track and field activities.

Participants are able to develop the skills of running, jumping and throwing.

The nature of the event also encourages parents to be involved.

“As the custodians of athletics in the region, we are going to all communities, because athletics is for everyone and it is alive.

“We seek to identify even more talented athletes at a young age, so that we can nurture and guide youngsters,” says WPA head of development Michael Schouw.

He says the project is a development programme and not a competition, with the idea to give children an opportunity where not enough opportunities outside of the children’s athletics series are available.

The ultimate aim of the programme is also to develop athletics from grassroots to the highest levels of excellence and to welcome children from all areas to actively participate. “The programme provides the opportunity to broaden kids’ existing prospects within sport and other non-sport related areas. The plan is to initiate the process of identifying talent with these programmes in the hope that WPA supports, encourages, develops and optimises the talent within the Western Province,” adds Schouw.

Schouw says WPA is committed to finding and nurturing young talent.

“It is fantastic to see that the kids who are not club members are coming out to be part of the athletics event.

“That is exactly the target market that we want.

“We want to get the kids who are at schools who don’t get an off-season opportunity to participate in athletics.

“It really is a competition about technique and coaches working with them to improve for the school’s competition and the actual provincial competition in March/April next year,” he says.

The children’s athletics series also serves as a chance for already competitive athletes to keep their performance sharp for the main athletics season which starts in ­January.

That new talent is already been added to bolster WPA’s current stock.

“The results so far are that at least five or six kids have been identified.

“I must stress that most of the identification has come through girls, which is awesome, because that is where we are looking for talent as well because we don’t have enough girls taking part in the sport,” says Schouw.

He adds that the final of the children’s athletics series will take place at Vygieskraal Stadium again, on 8 December from 19:00 to 21:00.

“The series has only been at Vygieskraal. But we have the street athletics and we have the kids’ athletics, which sounds very similar, but at the kids’ athletics we have coaches at schools identifying talent.

“We have three feeder systems into Western Province for young people.

“Most of the kids who have qualified first, second and third will get an automatic ­invitation.

“It is open to everybody, but we want those who have done well to have a bit more prestige on that night.”V For more information email WPA development officer Ricardo Jaftha at youth@wpathletics.co.za.

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