Summer camps for kids are all about getting them active and Athletics Ireland is going for the basic appeal of running throwing and jumping in their 2019 programme launched yesterday by three National Champions.
Sprinter Molly Scott, Ireland’s 60m National Champion was joined by National High Jump Champion Daena Kealy and National Javelin Champion Rory Gunning, in inviting 6-12-year-olds to get active this summer and who knows set off on a path to a future Olympic Games.
Children will get the opportunity to try activities from sprinting, javelin, hurdles, shot putt, long jump, walk and relays.
This range of activities helps children to develop the fundamental movement skills of agility, balance and coordination.
There is the added benefit that these skills also form an ideal base for all other sporting activity.
“The athletics camps will provide children with a chance to develop many aspects of their physical abilities, such as speed, agility and balance,” said Scott, who was a member of the 4x100m Irish team who secured a historic silver at the World Junior Championships last summer. “They can also enjoy the fun and excitement of relays.”
The camps are being backed by Irish Life Health as part of its overall partnership with the sport.
“As official partner to Athletics Ireland, we are proud to be providing children with the opportunity to have fun, be active and try athletics during the school holidays while also improving the movement skills,” said Liz Rowen, Head of Marketing at Irish Life Health.
“Each year we offer more camps nationwide providing primary school children with the chance to try out athletics and for those already in clubs to enjoy a week full of running, jumping and throwing,” added Hamish Adams, CEO of Athletics Ireland.
“We are delighted to have Irish Life Health on board this year as our partner.”
Over 20 Athletics Ireland Summer Camps will take place in 13 counties around the country and like the Aviva Soccer Sisters Camps over Easter, the Leinster Rugby Camps and the GAA Cúl Camps they are expected to fill quickly.
Registration is open now at the Athletics Ireland website priced at €60 for one week with a €10 discount for each additional family member. On the final day of each camp, every child will be presented with a medal and a certificate in recognition of their efforts. Each child will go home with a T-Shirt, Spike Bag and Water Bottle.
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