West Auckland primary school children got the chance to try their hand at sports at a special event held at the Trusts Arena Waitakere in the lead up to the Auckland Track Challenge.
More than 400 school kids from 10 West Auckland schools attended the Get Set Go event run by Athletics New Zealand with support from NZ Post, Henderson Massey Local Board and The Trusts Waitakere.
The objective of the Get Set Go programme is to teach children (aged 4-7) the fundamental movement and co-ordination skills required for any sport in a way that is structured and fun, for both children and adults.
Thursday’s event saw the kids in attendance make their way through 10 ‘game stations’ where they learnt skills through fun games and activities including:
- Locomotor Skills – running, hopping, dodging, jumping, and skipping.
- Manipulative Skills – catching, throwing, striking, and kicking.
- Stability Skills – balance, landing and rotation.
- Thinking and Social skills involved in sports
Get Set Go Manager Stephanie Cunningham said that the goal is to have every child confident in these basic skills so they are able to enjoy all sports and an active lifestyle.
“Narrowing kids’ options into one particular sport when they’re not ready achieves little for developing their sports skills for later in life. It’s far better to teach a broad range of basic sports skills they need to pursue whichever sports activity they like.”
“That’s what Get Set Go seeks to achieve. It offers a new, practical way of teaching kids these skills in a format that suits their young age.”
Get Set Go is also designed to provide teachers and coaches with the knowledge and skills they need to incorporate this into their lesson planning and coaching. Schools that sign up to Get Set Go are provided with professional development opportunities, resources, and access to the latest research in child movement development. In addition their teachers are supported by specialist coaches throughout the year and provided with planning and assessment tools to ensure they can continue delivery of the programme to their students long term.