Young have a watery blast

SASHA BORISSENKO
Last updated 13:00 19/12/2013

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Children from Enner Glynn School had the perfect day to play around with water at Sport Tasman's Top Team Schools event.

Sport Tasman has been to nine schools from Lower Moutere to Tahunanui over the past two months as part of the Top Team Schools programme, which has encouraged more than 1500 children to be active in a fun and inclusive way.

Enner Glynn principal Isaac Day said the fun spirit of yesterday's event was inspiring. Children were divided into teams of mixed age, drawing on leadership skills and teamwork to navigate 10 rounds of creative games.

Everyone had a blast, particularly when water was involved during a hot afternoon.

Mr Day said all 160 children truly got into the spirit of participation. There were a lot of skills on show and there was something for everyone. The competition element was secondary, he said.

Saxton Stadium assistant manager Hayden Bryant said the event used to have a regional focus with children having to muster up teams to compete, but Sport Tasman decided to change the focus and go straight to schools to promote full participation.

Going directly to schools gave all kids an opportunity to take part in the events.

"We want more people to be more active, more often. You don't want any children to slip through the cracks.

"There is something really special about hearing a kid say they had the best day of their life."

Going directly to the schools also proved to be cheaper at $1 per head in comparison to the regional competition that cost $10 per head.

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- The Nelson Mail

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