Spectacular day for having fun
NEARLY 400 primary school aged children from 10 Active after School Communities Outside School Hour Care Centres participated in the latest Sports Spectacular at Ipswich PCYC.
Eighteen different sports were on offer last Wednesday for the fourth annual event.
The children were put into groups according to their ages and rotated through six different sports throughout the morning.
In the afternoon, children from years 2 to 7 were given a chance to select a sport that they wanted to try.
Some participants were fortunate to go to the venues to see and get a real feel of that sport.
These sports included basketball, athletics, netball, tennis and Aussie rules.
Regional Coordinator for the AASC program in Ipswich Rodney Coxsedge was thrilled to see such a good turnout.
"To know that we have the support from the local clubs and organisations who give their time and knowledge free every year is just fantastic for everyone involved,'' Coxsedge said.
"This is a big part of why this event is so successful."
The purpose of the annual Sports Spectacular is to expose kids to a wide variety of sports that are available in the local community and show them how much fun sport can be.
It is also a chance for local clubs and organisations to promote their sport and recruit some new youngsters to their clubs.
Annalisa Cushway, Coordinator of Raceview OSHC, agreed.
"We are grateful that the AASC run these sort of events for our children,'' Cushway said.
"The children get so much enjoyment from participating in so many different sports.''
Over the past fortnight, the Australian Government funded Active After School Communities program has had over 700 primary age children participate in a Skills for School Fun Development day and the Sports Spectacular.
"We are certainly trying to help and work with local clubs and to make the local community aware of the importance that fun and physical activity plays for all children,'' Coxsedge said.