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Sports Training Courses available for parents in the South 13 November 2006

Emma Callow, School Sports Co-ordinator for the South of the Island, is currently recruiting Parents & Primary School Teachers to attend a variety of sports training workshops throughout the course of the 2006/2007 school year.

The training workshops have been designed specifically with parent helpers and primary school teachers in mind, therefore they will focus more on teaching fun drills and games rather than developing a specific technical knowledge of the sport. All of the courses are practically based and will be run in a very informal, fun & relaxed atmosphere. Sports included in the 2006/2007 programme are Badminton (currently in progress), Tag Rugby, Hockey & Kwik Cricket.

The rational behind these courses is to increase the number of adults available to run children’s sports activities in the South of the Island in order to give young people a wider variety of physical activities to participate in.

School Sports Co-ordinator for the region, Emma Callow says “In today’s current climate we are all aware of the increased risks that physical IN-activity brings to the health of the nation, including obesity, coronary heart disease and diabetes. By creating more opportunities for children to participate in sport, it is hoped that more children will become physically active on a more regular basis. By getting involved in this initiative, this is your opportunity to help influence the lives of the young people of the region.”

The next training course coming up is TAG RUGBY which will take place on Wednesday, 29th November at Rushen Primary School 4.00pm – 6.00pm.

Each of the courses are entirely FREE OF CHARGE to parents & teachers in the South of the Island. Although it is not mandatory, it is hoped that participants attending the free training courses will offer their services to help out at an after school club in that sport in one of the Primary Schools. Manx Sport & Recreation will ensure that all helpers going in to schools to support after school clubs undergo the necessary checks in line with the MSR child protection policy.

If a primary school sends two or more representatives on one of the training courses and facilitates an after school club in that sport, they will also be provided with an allocation of free sports equipment courtesy of Manx Sport & Recreation.

Helping children develop confidence and self esteem through sport is extremely rewarding. If you feel that coaching sport is an avenue that you would like to pursue further, Manx Sport & Recreation can also provide links to other training courses and opportunities on-Island in the future.

If you would like to apply for any of the courses or if you require any further information, please contact Emma on 688557 / Emma.Callow@gov.im

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