Holiday programme to keep kids busy

EMMA DANGERFIELD
Last updated 13:21 19/12/2012
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The inaugural Sport Tasman after school club has finished up for the year, but fear not - a holiday programme for kids is just around the corner and promises to wear them out with a heap more activities.

Sport Tasman co-ordinator Laura Stokes has hit the ground running since taking up the position a little over two months ago, and she shows no signs of slowing up the pace.

The past four weeks have seen close to 30 youngsters participate in the after-school club. Children aged 5 to 7 took part in activities on Mondays, and the club for older children - 8 to 11 - ran on Tuesdays.

With a focus on balance games, a raft of other activities were enjoyed (including afternoon tea with bananas donated by New World), and Laura said improvements could definitely be seen as the weekly sessions progressed.

"The idea was to improve one of the fundamental movement skills," she said. "Working on balance improves their all-round capabilities."

Spaces are now available for Laura's upcoming holiday programme, which will run from January 14 to 18 for 5- to 7-year-olds, and January 21 to 25 for 8- to 12-year-olds.

The programme will be similar to the previous successful holiday programmes co-ordinated by Sport Tasman throughout the year, with a range of activities including a marine discovery day, beach clean and treasure hunt, arts and crafts, a day with a DOC ranger, street dancing and a pool party.

The trailer full of Sport Tasman active play gear will also be on hand for both weeks to ensure the children do not have a spare minute to get bored.

Spaces are limited to 30 children so get in quick - the full week costs $50 which includes all activities and transport.

Registration forms are available at the council offices until Friday, and after that from Laura direct at laura.s@sporttasman.org.nz or 029 773 1524.

And if that is not enough to be occupying Laura's summer season, she is also co-ordinating new events for the Lions Pool, with a programme beginning in January.

Armed with the Sport Tasman mantra "getting people more active more often", she is determined to see the pool used to its full potential in what is shaping up to be a beautiful summer.

On Tuesday, January 8, a new weekly session "Cool in the Pool" will begin, from 10.30am to 11.30am.

"The aim is to offer lots of different fun things, like swimming relays, water polo, touch. We can maybe even get some music going and have a pool party."

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After the morning session will be a lunchtime "Swim Fit" class from 12.15pm to 12.45pm.

Swimmers of all levels are encouraged to come along, because activities can be suited to individual needs.

Activities will take the form of drills, lane swimming and general fitness in the water.

The Lions Pool will also be open one evening a week from Wednesday, January 9, for adult swimmers only, and can be used for an after-work wind-down, a training session, or to learn techniques and improve fitness.

- Kaikoura Star

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