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Choose from a range of junior sports activities this January designed to ensure your child has fun and makes friends. You may even be able to pay for it via your NDIS package under Social and Community Participation. 

These accessible sessions are managed by experienced coaches and are suitable for beginners or experienced players.

“This is an opportunity for kids who are already playing a sport such as cricket or football to increase their skills,” explains Peter King, Manager, Sport Development Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

“It’s also a chance to introduce your child to a sport for the first time. Or you could encourage them to try something different, for example, table tennis, volleyball or water polo.”

While each sports activity day is designed around one type of sport, there is an emphasis on increasing each child’s social skills.

“All junior sport should be about fun and making friends, which is the fundamental cornerstone of team work,” Peter says. “Trying new sports and extending yourself is an important aspect of development. Nobody is the best at everything and often more is learnt when things don’t come easily.”

But mostly Peter and his team ensure your child has a fun day out doing a physically activity that suits their ability and shows them how sport can help their health and fitness.

Peter points out that Dan Michel was one of the youngsters who attended a Christmas camp boccia activity in December 2010. “Seven years later, Dan has attended the Rio Paralympic Games, competed around the world, won international medals, and currently sits within the world’s top 10 boccia players. He has an exciting career in sport ahead of him.”

Places are also available for an Intensive Learn to Swim program held from 15-19 January at Allambie Heights Hydro Pool. It is suitable for children of any age, any level of confidence or physical ability in the water.

“We encourage every kid with cerebral palsy to swim to improve their health globally, and to be able to participate in any beach or backyard pool activity safely and with confidence,” says Peter. “The $15 fee covers a 30-minute lesson. It’s one of the best gifts you can give any child.” 

Country kids covered

In Dubbo and Orange, the fun is spread across morning and afternoon sessions and it’s free, thanks to the generosity of local sponsors. 

These multi-sports days are for children with disabilities and their siblings. Activities include football, hockey, boccia, t-ball, volleyball, netball and circuit training. The pool session involves some swimming and will also introduce kids to water polo, fun relay races and hydro fitness.

The CPA Sports Program team has been committed to offering as many rural activities as possible. They have been to Dubbo, Orange, Wagga Wagga, Lismore, Tamworth and many points in-between to support local activities.

As Peter discovered, rural areas are over represented in talent identification across mainstream sports and this is also true within the cerebral palsy community.

“Kurt Fearnley came from a small rural town on the edge of Orange. He was treated no differently to anybody else in his family or community and he has become a three-time Paralympic gold medallist.”

So if you want your child to make new friends, discover how to work in a team and the benefits of physical activity, take a look at the January sports program.

Program rundown

10 January, Wednesday, Boccia 9am-Noon, Allambie Heights, $40

11 January, Thursday, Football 9am-11am, Ryde Oval, $40

12 January, Friday, Cricket Skills 9.30am-11.30am, Allambie Heights, $40

12 January, Friday, Table Tennis Noon-2pm, Allambie Heights, $40

16 January, Tuesday, Triathlon Race, 8.30am-9.30am, Allambie Heights, $20

16 January, Tuesday, Football 10am-Noon, Allambie Heights, $40

17 January, Wednesday, Boccia 9am-Noon, Allambie Heights, $40

18 January, Thursday, Water Polo 3pm-4.30pm, Allambie Heights $20 

19 January, Friday, Cricket Skills 9.30am-11.30am, Allambie Heights $40

19 January, Friday, Table Tennis Noon-2pm, Allambie Heights $40

19 January, Friday, Volleyball 2pm-4pm, Allambie Heights $40

22 January, Monday, Dubbo Kids Camp, 10am-Noon, at the Dubbo Christian School, then 2pm-3pm at the Dubbo RSL Aquatic and Health Club pool, free

23 January, Tuesday, Orange Kids Camp, 10am-Noon at the PCYC, then 2pm-3pm at the Orange Leisure Centre, free

25 January, Thursday, Triathlon workshop, 9.30am-12.30pm, Allambie Heights $60

27 January, Triathlon Race #5 2017-18 Summer Series, Allambie Heights, 8.30am briefing for 9am race start, $20

Registrations will be taken up to a week before each event, but you can book or express interest now.

Contact Sally Winchester for more details via her email here

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