Your kids can be good sports

BRENDON MCDERMOTT
Last updated 05:00 10/07/2014
Brendon McDermott
Sport Southland CEO Brendon McDermott.

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School holidays can be a challenge for parents, especially mid-winter but here at Sport Southland we're easing the burden just for you!

The ILT and BNZ Holiday Sports Programmes are on next week - from Tuesday July 15 to Friday July 18 - and they really do provide an excellent way to keep your kids active over the holidays.

With 18 different sports on offer and mostly indoor options, the programme is an ideal outlet for kids to burn off that excess school holiday energy, make friends, have fun and enjoy a variety of sports.

Too often people use bad or cold weather as an excuse to do everything but physical activity. But when you think about how much kids really get out of sport, it should always be the first option.

We've heard plenty of first-hand stories about how the holiday sports programmes have helped children grow in confidence both in terms of their sporting skills and socially. We've also heard stories about children who have tried a sport, loved it and gone on to play in organised competition.

The Sport New Zealand Young Persons Survey tells us that nine out of 10 young people like sport and here at Sport Southland we are all about making sure kids get the opportunity to participate in it.

As well as the holiday sports programmes, we also have an Active Zone set up at ILT Kidzone - so make sure you pop in and see us if you are heading that way!

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You may have seen the article in the Southland Times this week about the new entity Talent Development Southland. We're really excited about its potential and the impact this new direction will have on talent development here in Southland. If you, or anyone you know, are interested in becoming a trustee please get in touch or see our website - www.sportsouthland.co.nz - where you'll find all of the details on the Vacancies page.

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It's great to see Southlanders getting in behind ILT Stadium Southland and the Rattle the Tin campaign.

Having ILT Stadium Southland debt-free can only be a good thing and, we hope, will lead to even more opportunities for community usage.

Brendon McDermott is CEO at Sport Southland

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