Budding sports stars get stuck in at velodrome

20:36, Sep 30 2013
SIT sports school holiday programme
QUICK LEARNERS: Children take part in the school holiday sports programme at the SIT Zero Fees Velodrome are Katy Brown, 5, left, Floyd Keach-Llowe, 6, Braedyn Dykes, 5, Mason Cathard, 6, and Ben Todd, 5.

Holiday sports programmes kicked into gear at the SIT Zero Fees Velodrome in Invercargill with 300 children enrolled to take part in camps and activities during the next fortnight.

Programmes will give children an opportunity to take part in up to 15 different sports throughout Southland.

Sport Southland fundamental skills adviser Natalie Hughes said the first day had been successful.

"The kids are really engaged and are loving being coached by Kevin Braswell from the Southland Sharks," Ms Hughes said.

Braswell coached 5- to 8-year-olds in basic basketball skills.

Ms Hughes said the programme was a great way to try new sports.

"For some kids it will be their first time doing an activity; others have come back because they really enjoy it."

While there were no major injuries, Olivia Biggar, 5, was hoping to make money after she was accidentally hit in the face with a ball. "My tooth fell out," Olivia said. "I hope the tooth fairy will give me $2."

Regional programmes will be held in Te Anau, Winton and Riverton next week.