Gaming addiction is currently a hot topic in the media but this immersive form of entertainment can also be a useful channel for developing positive social skills and teamwork.
As video gaming is now a daily activity for many young people, the innovative Active Gamers School Vacation Program aims to help kids get in front of addiction by encouraging better gaming habits.
Held in conjunction with AFL ACT, the Active Gamers program focuses on the positive aspects of gaming, while encouraging a better lifestyle balance through physical fitness, healthy eating and team building.
Suitable for girls and boys aged 11 to 16 years, a typical day in the Active Gamers program involves sessions of free play gaming, an organised co-operative gaming session, a specially designed fun fitness session with coaches and a trip to the swimming pool.
Kids will be supervised, engaged and entertained throughout the day and enjoy nutritional lunches and snacks prepared by a popular health food caterer.
Organiser Ravi Sharma, expects the program to be popular, "As a society we're often focused on problems caused by over use, but games have the potential for a very positive impact, there are a range of significant cognitive and social benefits. This program aims to promote positive gaming and how it can fit into a balanced lifestyle. This appeals to players and parents."
Luke Martin of Game Development Manager of AFL ACT South/Coast sees the benefits of the program, "The AFL will always support any initiative that will develop healthy and active lifestyles in the community. The team at Active Gamers have put together a fantastic program for the school holidays. As we know, it is important to get out and active for an hour a day to assist with both your physical and mental health and we are delighted to assist in this program."
The Active Gamers program has also been of interest amongst healthcare professionals. Physiotherapist Chris Cousin is a supporter, "The Active Gamers program is a wonderful initiative. The use of technology is ever increasing and unfortunately, at Canberra Physiotherapy Centre we have seen a worrying trend of much younger patients presenting with spinal pain secondary to a sedentary lifestyle". "The Active Gamers program offers a well-balanced and holistic experience. The active component involves a good variety of functional, whole body exercises, while the gaming aspect will introduce important ergonomic and lifestyle education in a fun and engaging format."
By participating in the Active Gamers program, kids can embrace the many benefits of gaming such as developing problem-solving skills, improving attention and concentration and enhancing multitasking skills, while learning life long-skills which will help instil a healthy and active lifestyle.
The Active Gamers Program is held at the AFL headquarters in Phillip from 14th-18th January 2019. Book your child's place today and take advantage of Early Bird rates.
Book your child's place today and take advantage of Early Bird rates.
Find out more about the curriculum and prices at www.activegamers.com.au
* The photos in this listing are from the AGA pilot program in October 2018. Fitness activities for January 2019 will be outdoors with the AFL.