The region’s councils are reporting solid numbers at this year’s holiday activity centres, with most saying a diversified program of educational and health-conscious events are proving popular with the kids, and equally popular with parents.
In Newcastle this week, scores of youngsters are attending the SportyKids program being run at the public swimming centres.
The program is aimed at preschool-aged children (ages 2-6), and according to head coach John Mortimer, is focused on teaching youngsters how to play together in a social environment.
At SportyKids, the children learn some basic skills such as catching and passing and participate in adaptations of team sports including soccer, touch football and basketball. The program was staged at Stockton Swimming Centre yesterday and will move to swimming centres at Beresfield today, Wallsend tomorrow and Lambton on Friday. No pre-bookings are required, and the program runs from 10am to 2pm each day.
Shoes for the children are required, and parents are required to stay for the duration but can relax on the sidelines.
A more intensive 10-week soccer-focused program for older children will be run by former Newcastle Jet Jobe Wheelhouse next month.
In Newcastle next week, the popular junior ranger activity program will do the rounds of local swimming centres.