New programme bolsters child development

"Using sport as the means, we provide children with a sound base from which to develop every aspect of their lives.”
These are the words of St Christopher’s Private School Kidds Beach campus principal, Craig Daniel. The school hosted Playball for the foundation phase grade.
Playball is a programme that introduces young kids to constructive and enjoyable sport participation through age-appropriate programmes.
On Tuesday, foundation phase pupils at the school engaged in fun sport activities that were brought by Playball.
Daniel said the pupils received the programme well and were excited to participate in the games.
“On Tuesday Playball came to visit our foundation phase. Our learners were thrilled with all the exciting activities they were introduced to. Playball is a great way of learning all basic skills required for a variety of sports.
“The aim of Playball is to introduce young children to constructive and enjoyable sport participation through various age-appropriate programmes.
“All of the programmes have a multi-activity approach, ensuring a competent foundation in all the popular sports played at school,” Daniel said.
“We believe it is important to train our children at a young age to be physically active and foundation phase is the perfect age to start training.”
Trevor Brown of Playball East London said: “We offer six different Playball programmes lasting one year each. These are age-specific according to the cognitive, emotional, social and motor development milestones of each age group.
“In each programme your child’s developmental, emotional and physical needs are met.
“Each programme has as one of its primary objectives to teach sport and movement and to teach it properly,” Brown said.
He said a number of schools around the world have implemented the Playball as part of their school curriculum. They have realised the benefits of Playball in child development.
“Playball classes are currently being offered as part of the prescribed and approved curriculum in schools in more than 16 countries around the world,” Brown said.
“Children thrive in our fun filled, high quality sport lessons. Creating a learning environment that boosts confidence and self-esteem is paramount in all the Playball programmes.
“The children will be coached to engage confidently in a wide range of sport skills, preparing them for years of positive, competent sports participation,” Brown said...

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