After school sports clubs are a great way to help your little ones to develop new skills and get much needed exercise. Whether it’s dance classes and gymnastics or team sports like football and basketball, they can all provide great benefits for kids.
The exercise is particularly important as recent figures from 2016 show some worrying statistics when it comes to children’s health in Scotland. Research shows that 14% of children aged between 2 and 15 were at risk of developing adult obesity, with 29% at risk of being classed as overweight.
A fifth of Scottish P1 pupils are currently at risk of being overweight or obese, and with the associated health risks that come with that it’s a rather worrying statistic. Research shows that 14% of children aged between 2 and 15 were at risk of developing adult obesity, with 29% at risk of being classed as overweight.
Aside from the obvious physical benefits that after school clubs have, they can also help your child develop in other ways too. Getting involved in sports and exercise encourages teamwork and fair play while teaching kids valuable lessons in co-operation and respect for others. They learn this under the supervision of trained coaches with experience in working with youngsters.
There are many social benefits that come from these clubs too and kids will make new friends and develop their confidence through interaction with their peers. Through trying different types of classes, they’ll be able to make choices on which ones they prefer which will make them more likely to stay active as they get older.
Live Active Leisure has a number of fantastic after school sports clubs that are open to newcomers, which will give children the chance to play, learn and most importantly keep fit. We’ve highlighted the term time classes available in Perth City Centre which are held at Bell’s Sports Centre and also Glenearn Campus.
Could your little one be the next Stevie May or Liam Gordon? Or maybe she’ll be a future women’s football star like Lana Clelland? Football is a fantastic sport where kids can learn how to work as a team and be taught fair play and sportsmanship.
Football sessions are held at Bell’s Sports Centre on Wednesday, from 16:00 – 16:55 for P1 to P3 children and 17:00 – 17:55 for P3 to P7s.
This popular variation on football is all about encouraging skill and technique and is played in teams of five. It’s played with a smaller, harder ball which keeps it on the ground and is growing in popularity with indoor leagues for kids and adults held at Bell’s Sports Centre.
Futsal classes are held at Bell’s Sports Centre for children in P1 to P4 Mondays from 16:30 – 17:25.
A favourite with lots of kids, this team sport allows them to run around and have lots of fun whilst learning how to work together in a team environment and improve their hand-eye co-ordination. With fantastic local clubs like Perth Phoenix around for when they get older, there’s a great opportunity for progression if they discover a love for the sport.
Basketball classes run at Bell’s Sports Centre for P1 to P3 kids on a Monday from 16:00 – 16:55.
Another great sport for developing hand-eye co-ordination, badminton is great fun for kids and is a great sport to learn from a young age as it’s very popular in secondary school PE.
Get them making a racquet along at Bell’s Sports Centre on a Tuesday from 16:00 – 16:55, for pupils in P4 to P7.
Something a little different than the other sports, fencing is becoming more and more popular and is a great way to learn discipline and get active. Who knows, maybe one day your children could be heading to the Olympics as fencing is a popular sport at the Games!
Glenearn Campus hosts the fencing classes for kids from P4 right the way through to S4 on Mondays, 16:30 – 17:25.
Live Active Leisure is also offering a fantastic competition just now where you could win a free ‘3 Month Active Membership’. All your child has to do is attend one of the after school sports clubs classes in November or December and they’ll automatically be entered – so there’s no better time for your kids to give it a go!
For more information on after school sports clubs run by Live Active Leisure, visit their website or call 01738 454647.
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