Sports camp offers students an opportunity to learn multiple skills

Nate Chauvier use his head while learning some soccer skills. – Stephen Dafoe Photo

by Morinville News Staff

About a dozen youth participated in The Town of Morinville’s Sports Camp July 6 to 10, a weeklong opportunity for children aged 6 to 12 to participate in a variety of athletic activities.

The camp ran from noon until 4 p.m. each day with an aim of promoting physical literacy. Summer Sports Camp Coordinator Lauren Henderson and Tyler Edworthy introduced a variety of different sports and different fundamental skills.

The 20-hour program of full-on sports was designed to lay down a foundation that promotes a healthier lifestyle beyond the summer camp, one that provides skills to help children stay in sports longer.

Prior to last week’s camp, Henderson told Morinville News children become less confident in their movements and often pursue other interests after the age of 12, an age when youth often quit sports and start playing video games.

By combining a variety of sports into five days: dodgeball, basketball, rope climbing, rock climbing, cross fit, yoga, bowling, mini golf, floor hockey, floor ringette, rugby, and ultimate frisbee, organizers provided participants with a well-rounded set of skills.

Skill development is something Tyler Edworthy, Morinville’s Operations and Program Coordinator, said is important to help youth move on into the sport of their choosing.

A second Sports Camp is scheduled for Aug. 4 to 7 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Contact Lauren Henderson at 780-939-7841 or lhenderson@morinville.ca to register. Deadline is July 25th.

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