Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations      HubGarden      Recipes
1 million Australian readers every month      list your event

Smallsports - Sport for the Under 5's

Home > Gold Coast > Family | Fun for Children | Fun Things To Do | Health and Fitness | Kids
by Susan Jackson (subscribe)
Gold Coast Explorer since Jan 2010. Always on the lookout for fun, family things to enjoy with my four kids.
Published May 14th 2015
Ditch the digital and get out to play
Smallsports, Smallsports Robina, What's on Gold Coast. Things to do Gold Coast, things for kids Gold Coast, best activities for children on the Gold Coast, sport for kids, sport for young kids, Gold Coast with kids, fun things to do with young children Gold Coast.

"Smallsports" is a great initiative for families with preschoolers. Smallsports provides early childhood physical education classes in parks, childcare centres and playgroups on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane and Townsville. Designed for boys and girls aged 2 5, it's a great way of getting out and active with your little one. It introduces children to many sports with basic skills practice and lots of fun, over 5 different units each lasting a month. Run by enthusiastic coaches, Smallsports provides an active half hour session, which encourages everyone to take part. The emphasis is on helping your child increase their skills, is non competitive and child centered. As well as learning ball skills, children learn social interaction in a group setting too. Simple colour and number work is covered and the effect exercise has on your body.

Smallsports, Smallsports Robina, What's on Gold Coast. Things to do Gold Coast, things for kids Gold Coast, best activities for children on the Gold Coast, sport for kids, sport for young kids, Gold Coast with kids, fun things to do with young children Gold Coast.

The parachute unit is a favourite as kids love the popcorn game, flying pig and going "under the sea" when it is their colour. Confidence grows and the "surfing" at the end is loved by all. It's about joining in, feeling good about exercise, learning new skills and having fun with your Smallsports friends that you meet each week.

Smallsports, Smallsports Robina, What's on Gold Coast. Things to do Gold Coast, things for kids Gold Coast, best activities for children on the Gold Coast, sport for kids, sport for young kids, Gold Coast with kids, fun things to do with young children Gold Coast.
Mums, Dads, Grannies, Grandpas and friends are expected to join in with the kids and help practice the basic skills being taught. Whether it's "taking puppy for a walk" i.e. pre hockey coordination with pool noodles and tennis balls, spacial awareness of others in the "beehive" games or learning to wait your turn for a throw into the mini basketball hoop, the skills being learned go hand in hand with learning how to interact socially during sport. There are stops for a drink from your water bottle and the half hour session is just the right amount of time. Each class follows a similar structure and the end is marked by the ritual of announcing your ingredient for the salad sandwich, as each child puts their hand on the coach's hand for the "1, 2, 3 Smallsports!" cheer. Kids eagerly queue for their stamp, the soccer playing teddy being a firm favourite.

Smallsports, Smallsports Robina, What's on Gold Coast. Things to do Gold Coast, things for kids Gold Coast, best activities for children on the Gold Coast, sport for kids, sport for young kids, Gold Coast with kids, fun things to do with young children Gold Coast.
The picnic with friends after the class and free play in the adjoining playground at Robina, rounds off a great morning out for my little friends. Then all the kids head off back home, many ready for a late morning sleep in the car on the way. In a dominantly digital age, Smallsports gets back to enjoying doing what children have always traditionally done i.e. spending time outside with balls and friends. It's good watching the way the leaders encourage each child to achieve their best and manage to draw new kids, whatever their ability, out of their shell and into the activities in a fun, cheerful manner.


Smallsports, Smallsports Robina, What's on Gold Coast. Things to do Gold Coast, things for kids Gold Coast, best activities for children on the Gold Coast, sport for kids, sport for young kids, Gold Coast with kids, fun things to do with young children Gold Coast.
The Robina class is on at Cheltenham Park (cnr Cheltenham & Robina Town Centre Drive) on Wednesday mornings, 10 10:30am and costs $3 p child. The oval (home to Gold Coast Junior Cricket) is a spacious and safe spot for young kids with the bonus of an undercover area, which is useful for very hot or wet days. Smallsports runs at various venues on different days. A couple of late afternoon slots are scheduled too, if you can't make the morning classes. Click here for the Gold Coast timetable for 2015.

Look out for updates on their facebook page, particularly about weather and holiday breaks. Click here to make an enquiry or here to register your child. If you want your kids to have a ball with something different, you can also book a Smallsports birthday party.
Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  40
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Why? Ditch the digital and get out to play
When: Wed mornings @ 10am in Robina (see link for other days & venues)
Phone: Bryn Jones 0421 556 032
Where: Various venues in Gold Coast, Brisbane & Townsville
Cost: $3 pchild
Your Comment
Articles from other cities
Featured
Foodi Photoh Classie
Top Events
Popular Articles
Categories
Lists
Questions