Over the last decade there has been an increase in popularity and growth within the junior golf industry. There is now ample opportunity in Australia for junior golfers to develop their game recreationally and competitively, with plenty of parents wanting to know how to get kids into golf. If you’re a parent that is also an avid golfer, we are sure you’re counting down until the moment where you can spend a day on the golf course with your young one. Well, you’re in luck, because the best age to teach kids how to play golf is as soon as they have developed basic hand-eye coordination. Playing golf is a fantastic opportunity for you to spend some quality family bonding time together, as well as getting your child outdoors enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. We’ve listed some tips that will help you unlock your child’s potential and have them graduating from carrying your clubs to playing alongside you in no time. How To Get Kids Into Golf Intro

GET KIDS INTO GOLF – TIPS

Fun Is First Priority!

No matter your child’s age, the most crucial part to getting kids into golf is that they are enjoying their lesson. Regardless of your aspirations for your child, remind them they are there to have fun whilst they learn the game. Keep the lesson at a slow pace to begin with until they master the basics, and most importantly keep it engaging and FUN! Remember that even if you think that golf is the greatest game in the world, your child might not feel the same, and that’s okay.

Etiquette and Rules of the Game

Before your child picks up a club or ball, it’s a good idea to teach them the rules and proper etiquette of the game. The beauty of golf is it is based on principles of integrity, discipline, honour and respect. Not only does golf teach your young golfer to manage emotions, maintain a positive outlook and practice patience, these skills can have a ripple effect into their daily life. You’ll be building the foundations of a well-rounded adult.

The Right Equipment

You will find most major golf equipment manufacturers design junior golf sets. If your young golfer develops their swing using incorrectly proportioned equipment, it could potentially lead to a lifelong flaw with their swing. Do your research on what junior equipment is recommended by the major golf retailers in Australia. You will find the majority of suppliers have affordable yet high quality ranges to choose from. Involve your child from the start, by getting their input in the club selection process and you’ll have them keen to tee-off immediately. How To Get Kids Into Golf Right Equipment

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Appropriate Attire

After you’ve selected junior equipment, it’s time to shop for appropriate golfing attire. If your junior is going to be joining you at the golf course soon enough, it’s a good idea that they learn to dress the part of a golfer. This will not only teach your child from a young age the proper course etiquette and attire, but have them looking forward to donning their golf gear and heading to the turf for the day. As with major golf suppliers, most golf clothing manufacturers have a selection of junior golf apparel gear tailored specifically for children of all ages. If you think you’ll be spending the majority of the morning or day on the course, make sure they are covered up with a good hat and outerwear.

Where to Play

You will find a lot of golf courses across the nation are accommodating to junior golfers and set aside times for junior or family tee-off. Enquire at one of the golf courses in your area to see what club packages they have to sign your young golfer up to!

An Instructor or Program

To ensure your child is getting taught the best techniques and foundations for their golfing life, we recommend you find an experienced instructor or program that is PGA qualified (Professional Golf Association of Australia). You’ll find they’ll be linked in with your local golf course. Australian Sports Camps (ASC) offer a school holiday golf program where your child can learn the foundations of golfing etiquette, rules and techniques. The program is delivered by an experienced panel of coaches and teaches the kids the fundamentals of driving and putting, whilst having a whole lot of fun and meeting friends in the process.

Check out the program that is commencing soon at the Albert Park Golf Club, South Melbourne.

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GET KIDS INTO GOLF – BENEFITS:

  1. It is one of the safest sports to play being minimal contact, so chances of injury are pretty much non-existent. A golf course is also located away from roads, where your child is supervised by experienced instructors and volunteers.
  2. Golf gets the kids off the couch and away from the screens into fresh air and nature. From a young age your child will develop healthy physical exercise habits.
  3. Friendships for life are made on the golf course! The interaction with fellow junior golfers will give your child well developed social skills.
  4. In a golf game, players can experience many highs and lows, ranging from birdies to triple bogeys. Your young one will learn to: keep focused on the shot at hand, practice personal responsibility when they tee-off, maintain a positive outlook and have a good laugh in the process. Now aren’t they fantastic foundations for life!

Remember to keep it fun, educational and engaging and before you know it you’ll have a Jason Day in the making. Hopefully we’ve helped you on how you can get your kids into golf and we can see you on the green!

Looking for summer school holiday activities to keep the kids entertained?  Trying to avoid those “I’m bored… I’m hungry…” comments being thrown at you repeatedly?  Then, we have you covered with these great summer school holiday activities. Whether you’re looking for an activity on a budget, or a special treat day out, here are some fun-packed activities on offer.  Also, we’ve varied the cities to ensure the kids get up and about and away from the screens!

KFC Big Bash League Cricket Match: All major cities

The Australian Twenty20 season is now in full swing across the country.  This family-friendly, summer school holiday activity / event has fast become a staple part of the Australian summer.  Plus, it’s a great way to get the kids out in the fresh air and joining in the fun of this fast-paced game.  A game  that attracts huge crowds nationwide.  Moreover, the best part is it’s extremely affordable.  With a family pass being less than $45. Jan - Feb 2018 School Holiday Activities KFC Big Bash League Cricket Match

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Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens: Mt Coot-tha, Brisbane

If you’re in the Brisbane area of sunny Queensland, pack a picnic and immerse the family in the sub-tropic nature of the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens.  The gardens have a hide-n-seek trail, designed especially for kids (of all ages).  Also, there’s an action-packed playground to venture around.  Furthermore, after exploring and playing, relax under a shaded tree with your lunch and take in the beautiful natural scenery. Jan - Feb 2018 School Holiday Activities Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

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Off-season Sports Skills Training: All areas

If your children plays a sport during the school term, you can help them work on improving and strengthening theirs skills and fitness levels before they return.  It’s a great summer school holiday activity.  Whether it’s strengthening, throwing and kicking more accurately or simply increasing flexibility.  Together, you can create some goals to aim towards and set aside some practice time each day. Plus, it’s a great way to spend some quality time together.  Your kids will be proud at the end of the holidays, when they see how far they’ve progressed in their favourite sport! How-To-Motivate-Your-Kids-In-Sport

Australian Sports Camps: All major capital cities

If you have a child that is crazy about all things sports, attending a 3-day Australian Sports Camp (ASC) is a fantastic opportunity for them to enjoy a few days socialising with fellow young sports lovers.  Plus, keep active, learn and improve their skill level.  Also, have a heaps of fun in the process!  Not to mention giving Mum and Dad a much needed break from parenting duties. Australian Sports Camps run over three days during the school holidays.  They include a variety of sport-related summer school holiday activities.  All coaching programs are supervised by experienced coaches, in top facilities.  Also, depending on what capital city you’re in, there are camps dedicated to a variety of sports, such as: Basketball, Cricket, Volleyball, Football, Tennis, Horse-riding and much more.  Australian Sports Camps are dedicated to providing the best sports coaching environment available.  Moreover, they have 35 years experience, making them the most trusted name in Australian school holiday sports camps! Whether your child is six years old or sixteen years old, they are guaranteed to enjoy the fun-packed activities in the daily schedule at Australian Sports Camps. Australian-Sports-Camps-Perth

Be a part of Australia’s very first school holiday gaming program with Australian Sports Camps NEW Gaming and ‘Esports’ Camp!: Kew, Victoria

If you live in Melbourne or surrounds and your child loves gaming, we’ve got them covered!  Encourage your child to be part of Australia’s first school holiday competitive gaming program.  Hosted in partnership with the Australian ‘Esports’ League (AEL)! First established in 2013 and now attracting competitors from all over the country, the AEL coordinate premier ‘Esports’ competitions in Australia.  The AEL’s vision is to provide the most entertaining, engaging and respected ‘Esports’ experience available. So, with our experienced and passionate gaming instructors, your child will receive the best possible exposure to team-based gaming techniques, tactics and rules at our 2-day structured ‘Esports’ Camp.  Our Victorian ‘Esports’ camp is suitable for first timers up to experienced players.  Ideal for children aged six to sixteen.  Plus, the Australian ‘Esports’ Association (AESA) endorses the program. The practical component of the program will include Rocket League on Xbox One.  As for gaming theory and tactics, the program touches on various elements from a number of popular games.  For example: Dota 2, League of Legends, FIFA 18, Forza Motorsport 7, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Call of Duty, Starcraft 2, Tekken 7 and Rainbow Six Seige. Australian Sports Camps Gaming eSports

Sydney Park Kids Bike Track: Sydney

For Sydney-siders, Sydney Park has developed a bike trail especially designed for kids. See: http://www.sydneycycleways.net/projects/sydney-park-bike-track/ for further details.  This is a great summer school holiday activity for your mini cyclist to build up their confidence, navigating around the twists and turns of either the beginners trail.  Or, the advanced trail for those older, more adventurous ones!  A fun and engaging activity, the track has a free balance clinic and learn-to-ride courses available.  Plus, after riding, when they’re all tuckered out, there’s a BBQ area and shaded picnic areas (a bonus for you!). Jan - Feb 2018 School Holiday Activities Sydney Park Kids Bike Track

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Splashland Inflatable Pop-up Slide: Melbourne

Slather on the sunscreen and splash into Caulfield Racecourse from 28th December to 24th January for the inflatable giant slide!  A fun summer school holiday activity for the family on those dry summer days that Melbourne’s notorious for.  Everyone, from from the little tykes to the big kids, can participate in action-packed aquatic activities.  Also, there’s lots of shade to grab a bite to eat whilst awesome summer tunes are pumping!  You can grab a family pass for $88.  Lastly, for those not joining in, it’s FREE to sit back and enjoy a cool drink under one of the umbrellas. Jan - Feb 2018 School Holiday Activities Splashland Inflatable Pop-up Slide

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Cirkidz: Adelaide

If you’ve got a clown in the house that’s climbing the walls, let them “hang” out with Cirkidz for the day.  They’ll be wanting to join the circus by the end!  Cirkidz offer a number of holiday programs in a safe, fun environment.  They focus on mindfulness, safe risk-taking and social interaction.  Also, the kids will learn a variety of circus skills, before joining up in teams to swing, balance and climb their way through a circus obstacle course.  Cirkidz is a great opportunity to teach your child coordination.  Plus, develop physical and mental strength, and to learn to move in a creative way!  There are a variety of programs available, from beginner to experienced.  See more at: http://www.cirkidz.org.au/participate/holiday-programs Jan - Feb 2018 School Holiday Activities Cirkidz

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It looks like your summer school holiday activities are going to be entertaining and action-packed.  With so many fun, affordable activities on offer in every state.  Stay cool and hydrated, and don’t forget to slap on the sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and appropriate clothing when you’re out and about!

In this short video, we work through some great front foot batting tips.  These tips will improve your technique and make it harder for bowlers to dismiss you. The lessons are given by Peter Dickson from Community Sports Camps. Peter is currently captain of Premier Cricket Club Fitzroy Doncaster and has been involved with the Victorian Bushrangers. Peter has spent much of his adult life playing cricket around the world.  Also, working with children of all ages developing their sporting skills and promoting the game.  He is passionate about all sports.  Moreover, Peter believes that team sport gives children essential life skills throughout their early years. Some of the topics covered in the coaching video for front foot batting are:

1. Importance of Technique

With the popularity of Twenty20 cricket, there is a danger of some kids thinking that proper technique is not required.  Instead, they may think that if they have enough power, they can just swing and hope. However, even some of the more flamboyant T20 stars, such as Glenn Maxwell, have spent many years developing proper technique.  Before trying more advanced and risky shots in the short form of the game.

2. Why Having Fun Is Crucial

In the past, some of the batting drills that kids were encouraged to practice took a lot of fun out of the game.  Peter explores the modern belief that you’ll get better results if you have more fun whilst practising technique.  Also, he offers some great examples that you can try, straight away, at home.

3. Appreciating Players Natural Flair

No two players are ever exactly the same.  So, while the importance of proper technique is crucial, we always need to be careful not to suppress a player’s natural style and flair.

4. Comparing David Warner and Chris Rogers

Peter briefly explores the differences between the batting styles of Australian Cricket stars David Warner and Chris Rogers.  Also, explaining why even though they are very different, they have both been successful at the highest level.

5. The Most Common Batting Mistake

For many years, coaches have been teaching players to hold their bat with the “V” between their thumb.  As well as placing their index finger lining up with the blade of the bat. Also, Peter explains why this is one of the worst habits you can pick up as a young batsman or woman.  Plus, he shows you a more effective approach.

6. Waiting For The Ball To Come To You

Lastly, Peter explores why it’s crucial that you wait for the ball to come into your perfect hitting zone.  This is instead of chasing the ball, which often leads to lofting the ball, making it easy to catch.

FRONT FOOT BATTING

So, we hope you learnt some great tips from Peter’s video on front foot batting. In addition, if you’d like to take your cricket to the next level, or just learn the basics the right way, Australian Sports Camps run 3-Day Cricket Training Camps every school holidays.  Please click that link to find out more about the next camp dates near you.

Getting kids into playing Futsal, or ‘‘indoor soccer’’, as it’s commonly called in Australia, lets them join a fun, fast-paced and exciting small-sided soccer game.  It originated in South America.  Moreover, Futsal is the only indoor soccer game officially recognised by both the UEFA and FIFA.  Accordingly, it has become increasingly popular in Australia since it was first introduced here in 1971.  Also, nationwide, there are currently 18,000 registered Futsal players and 120,000 social competitors.  That’s why more and more parents choosing to get their kids into playing Futsal.  So, if you’re one of those many parents, in this article, we go over how Futsal is played.  Plus, the benefits for children in playing this sport. How to Get Kids Into Futsal Intro

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GETTING YOUR KIDS INTO PLAYING FUTSAL

How To Play

Getting kids into playing Futsal is a sporting activity well worth parents considering.  However, how do you play Futsal?  Firstly, you play it  indoors on a hard surface, the size of a basketball court.  Plus, there is a 4 foot-long and 3 foot-wide goal at either end.  Each team has only five players, including the goalkeeper.  Also, they play with a smaller ball (Futsal ball) that is heavier and has less bounce than a regular soccer ball.

The Objective

As with soccer, the objective of Futsal is for players to score points by advancing the ball up the field with their feet.  Subsequently kicking or heading the ball into the goal.  Futsal is made up of two 20-minute halves and the team with the most goals at the end of the game wins.  However, if the score is tied, extra time is added, and the first team to score wins.  Also, a kick-off from the centre circle takes place at the beginning of each half, and after a goal is scored.

The Rules

Moreover, like soccer, the primary rule is that players other than the goalkeeper cannot touch the ball with their hands or arms.  However, players can use any other part of their body to dribble, pass, or shoot the ball.  So, if the ball goes over the goal-line or touch-line, or hits the ceiling, the ball is out of play and play is then restarted with a kick-in from the opponents of the team that last touched the ball.  Furthermore, a goal cannot be scored on a kick-in. Futsal is a fast-paced game.  So, there’s a four-second time limit placed on all set plays (corners, free kicks, etc.).  Plus, it restricts goalkeepers to four seconds on the ball in his/her own half of the field of play. Lastly, the sport doesn’t allow tackling and slide tackles are only allowed by the goalkeeper.  Also, they must be kept within the confines of their own penalty area.  Sliding feet-first toward an opponent is considered dangerous play and is not allowed.  There is also no offside in Futsal. How To Get Kids Into Futsal How To Play Futsal

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Why Futsal?

Often, Kids have become involved in Futsal as a way to keep up their soccer practice during the off-season.  However, as a recognised sport in its own right, Futsal can be played throughout the whole year. Getting kids into playing Futsal is an excellent way for them to develope their technical skill and ability.  Also, many world famous soccer professionals such as Pele, Ronaldo and Messi, all attribute playing Futsal to helping their development and performance on the soccer field.

Benefits of Futsal

Some of the benefits of getting your kids into playing Futsal include: ? Safe: Futsal restricts physical play and doesn’t allow tackling.  So, it’s generally considered safer than soccer. ? Ball Touches: In Futsal, players get to touch the ball 210% more on average than in a regular game of soccer, which increases a player’s ball competency. ? Ball Control: In Futsal, the emphasis is on control of the ball and technique. Due to limited space, boundary lines, and constant opponent pressure, it is essential to have good ball control skills. ? Speed of Play: With the four-second restart rule and constant pressure from the opposition, Futsal players must learn to think and act fast. ? Continuous Play: Futsal players must continue the play instead of stopping and having time to watch. This can be physically demanding which in turn develops good physical conditioning. ? Knowledge of The Game: With only five players on the field and non-stop action, players are able to develop a thorough technical understanding of Futsal very quickly. ? Framing The Goal: The size of the goal and penalty area assist the goalkeeper in narrowing the angle.  So, players learn to frame the goal and shoot accurately. ? Fun: Above all else, Futsal is a fast-paced, skill-oriented game, makes it a whole lot of fun to play! How To Get Kids Into Futsal Benefits Of Futsal

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Getting Involved

Now you know more about what Futsal is and how to play.  So, you may be wondering how do you get your kids into playing Futsal and involved with a club?  There are Futsal programs available in most indoor sports centres and the Australian Futsal Association has details of Futsal clubs and programs offered throughout Australia.

A fantastic way to give your child an introduction into Futsal is with a school holiday Futsal program. Plus, it’s a great way to improve their skills.  Australian Sports Camps run 3-day Futsal Coaching Programs for kids aged 6 to 16 years.

The programs are ideal for both first timers and advanced players.  Your children will learn all the rules of the game.  As well as, key Futsal skills from a panel of experienced, talented coaches.  These programs utilise fantastic, world-class Futsal facilities and are educational, engaging and a heap of fun! Get your kids into playing Futsal today!

In recent years, rock climbing has become more and more popular, going from a recreational activity to an elite sport.  Also, it will even be featured as an Olympic event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The key kids rock climbing gear, necessary to climb safely and effectively, include rock climbing shoes, a harness, a helmet and ropes. Not only does rock climbing improve strength and body control, but it is also a complex, mind-challenging sport. All of these qualities are fantastic for kids. But most importantly, it is a heap of fun! Attending an indoor climbing gym is where most kids get their first taste of rock climbing.  Also, these types of centres generally supply most of the necessary kids rock climbing gear needed to participate. If you find that your child develops a real love for the sport and wants to get more involved, then eventually they’ll need to get their set of kids rock climbing essentials. Start with the kids rock climbing essentials and gear you need to get started can be found below!

KIDS ROCK CLIMBING ESSENTIALS

Rock Climbing Shoes

The first of our seven kids rock climbing essentials include rock climbing shoes. Proper rock climbing shoes are highly necessary, especially once your child starts to climb outdoors. They protect your feet while providing the friction you need to grip footholds. Most styles are quite versatile, but your child’s climbing ability and where they climb are both factors in choosing the correct shoe. Rock shoes should fit snugly but not painfully tight. Too much room around your toes leads to sliding inside the shoe and prevents you from being able to use your feet to the best of their ability. Rock Climbing Essentials for Kids Rock Climbing Shoes

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Harness

Another key kids rock climbing essential is the harness.  The harness allows you to tie into the rope securely and efficiently. The type of rock climbing your child will be doing will determine what kind of harness they need. In choosing the one that’s right for your child, the key things to keep in mind are comfort and weight.  Furthermore, you should be looking for a nicely padded waist band as well as comfortable leg loops. Very young children have a relatively high centre of gravity, due to a larger head–to–torso ratio, and should be outfitted with a full–body harness.  Also, a child’s full–body harness is considered a type B harness and is designed for weights no greater than 40kg (88 lbs.). Full–body harnesses usually work best for children 5 and under. It’s very important that your child’s harness fits them correctly, is new and has no defects. Rock Climbing Essentials for Kids Harness

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Helmet

When climbing outdoors, your child should always wear a helmet made specifically for climbing. Climbing helmets are a kids rock climbing essential.  They are designed to cushion the head from falling rock and debris, and some (though not all) are designed to provide protection in the case of a fall. They are generally not worn in a climbing gym since it’s a controlled environment. Climbing helmets come in two main types, Hardshell Helmets and Shell Foamed Helmets. The type of helmet your child will need will depend on the type of climbing they are doing. A helmet should always feel comfortable, fit snugly but not too tight, and sit flat on your head. Rock Climbing Essentials for Kids Helmet

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Ropes

The most important kids rock climbing essential is the rope.  No piece of gear is more important to a climber than the rope; although when your child is just starting out, the rope will likely be provided for them.  However, as they progress, where and what they are climbing will determine which rope is best for them. All climbing ropes must pass the UIAA (International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation) tests. These tests regulate the number of falls a rope can hold, the impact force and the dynamic elongation. Rock Climbing Essentials for Kids Ropes

Belay Device

Use a belay device to help the belayer (the person who controls the safety rope for the climber) to control the rope.  A belay device increases friction on the rope. Which, helps the belayer catch a fall, lower a climber, feed the rope out gradually as the climber advances, or reel in slack smoothly. At first your child may not need to have their own belay device as it may be supplied by your climbing gym or guide, but it is one of the essential pieces of gear that they’ll eventually want to own as they get more involved in rock climbing. Rock Climbing Essentials for Kids Belay Device

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Carabiners

Carabiners are strong, light metal rings with spring-loaded gates that connect the climbing rope to pieces of climbing protection such as bolts and nuts. Attach your gear to the gear loops on your harness. Again, there are different types of carabiners for specific climbing situations.  However, the first carabiner most beginners use will be a locking carabiner.  Use this design-type with a belay device.

Chalk and Chalk Bag

The last piece of equipment from our rock climbing essentials that your kids will need is chalk and a chalk bag. Just like gymnasts, climbers use chalk to improve their grip. Your child’s hands can become quite sweaty while climbing, so the chalk will absorb the perspiration on their hands. They’ll carry chalk in a small bag.  Attach the chalk bag to the waist with a lightweight belt. Rock Climbing Essentials for Kids Chalk and Chalk Bag

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It may seem that your child will need a lot of gear to get involved in rock climbing.  However, remember that it isn’t essential to purchase all the equipment above to start.  You can add more equipment as your child becomes more advanced in the sport.

If you want to know if your child is serious about getting into rock climbing before buying all the gear, why not give them the opportunity to immerse themselves in rock climbing by attending an Australian Sports Camps 2-Day Rock Climbing Coaching Program.

Australian Sports Camps offer 2-Day Coaching Programs over the school holidays, run by expert coaches. Your child will learn a variety of different climbing moves and techniques to help them develop their own climbing abilities. They will also learn about the different disciplines of climbing and some of the other skills required such as knot-craft, equipment selection, strategy and route planning, all in a top quality indoor facility.

What are the best School Holiday Activities in Adelaide.  As, school holidays are always fast approaching.  Plus, as much as both parents and kids are looking forward to some chill-out time after a busy year, it won’t be long before your kids are keen to get out and about and make the most of their break. Also, as a parent, it can be hard to come up with fresh new ideas and activities to keep the kids entertained.  So, for parents and kids living in Adelaide, below we’ve come up with a list of the best school holiday activities in Adelaide.

Australian Sports Camps

Firstly, if you have a child who loves sport, then Australian Sports Camps (ASC) are definitely worth checking out. They run 3-day sporting camps in Adelaide for a variety of sports during the school holidays. The camps offer interactive, skills-based sports programs.  Plus, they provide the opportunity for kids to improve their game and love for their chosen sport.  Also, while making new friends and having a heap of fun. ASC have camps across all the major capital cities in Australia and the sports programs offered in their Adelaide camps are:

  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Horse Riding
  • Netball
  • Soccer

Furthermore, the programs are run by a panel of experienced coaches, in top quality facilities.  Also, with guest coaching from leading players and coaches. ASC are proud to provide the best sports coaching for Australian children aged six to sixteen for over 33 years.  Having become the leader in sports coaching & the best school holiday programs in Adelaide. Lastly, giving your child the opportunity to participate in one of these sporting camps is a great way to get them to keep active during the holidays.  Also to have fun and learn new skills all in a safe environment.   Australian Sports Camps Adelaide Cricket

Adelaide Zoo

When it comes to the best school holiday activities in Adelaide, going to the Zoo has always been high on the list of top experiences.  Adelaide Zoo (https://www.adelaidezoo.com.au/) is the second oldest zoo in Australia and home to more than 3,000 exotic and native animals. Plus, it’s a relaxing green city oasis that stretches across eight hectares of magnificent botanic surrounds.  Also, it’s full of diversity, colour and unique things for the kids to see and do, some of which include:

  • Hand-feeding some of the amazing animals.  Such as, penguins, monkeys, giraffes and even lions and hippos.
  • Going on a free guided tour.  Where your kids can learn all about the history of the zoo, the animals and their role in protecting wildlife.
  • Becoming a junior keeper for half a day.  Providing the opportunity for your kids to assist the keeper in feeding the adorable Children’s Zoo Animals.  Plus, a treasured chance to care for bilbies, reptiles, goats, rabbits or birds of prey.

Also, the Zoo has a nature-inspired playground.  Which, includes play equipment built on nature play principles.  Designed to stimulate all the senses, through climbing structures, water play features, a natural creek bed and aerial walkways. Once you set foot into this amazing wonderland you’ll soon realise why it’s one of the best school holiday activities in Adelaide.  And, that one day just isn’t enough to see and do everything the Adelaide Zoo has to offer! Best School Holiday Activities In Adelaide Zoo

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Mega Adventure Obstacle Park

Next on the list, the Mega Adventure Obstacle Park is located in West Beach ( https://megaadventure.com.au/ ).  Plus, it’s the first aerial park of its kind in the world, with thrill seeking fun that the whole family can enjoy. The SkyChallenge has over 70 obstacles for you to tackle at your own level and speed.  These include, playing tennis in the sky, rowing a boat mid-air and riding a BMX between obstacles like the floating esky and sky high picnic table.  This course is not for the fainthearted and all participants must be at least 120cm and weigh at least 20kg.  Plus, all kids must be supervised by an adult at all times. In addition, The Park has The MegaBounce.  Where you get strapped into a harness and attached to elastic power cords.  This allows you to launch 8 metres into the air off a trampoline while performing flips and somersaults.  You’ll be surprised by how much the kids love this one.  Moreover, it may become one of their favourite, best school holiday activities in Adelaide. However, for those who would much prefer to watch their daredevil family and friends on the SkyChallenge and MegaBounce, the Skywalk is perfect.  It’s open to all ages and heights.  Plus, climbing up the 83 steps to the highest platform on the SkyMate gives you breathtaking views of the beach and Adelaide plains. Best School Holiday Activities In Adelaide Mega Adventure Obstacle Park

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St. Kilda Adventure Playground

The St Kilda Adventure Playground in Adelaide’s north (https://www.facebook.com/StKildaAdelaide/)is one of the most popular kids attractions in Adelaide.  This enormous adventure playground covering four hectares has too many rides and activities to count, and is located about 30 minutes drive from Adelaide’s CBD. It has giant slides, swings, a massive maze, a life-sized pirate ship that you can board and even a castle. It’s a playground that children go wild over and is packed with activities and play equipment that will keep the kids happy for hours. It even has basketball hoops for the whole family to enjoy. There are barbeques and picnic facilities if you want to bring your own food or you can grab a bite to eat at the shop close by. These activities are great to have on hand for when you and your kids are looking for something new to do and see, and are just a handful of the fun and interesting things to do in Adelaide over the school holidays. Best School Holiday Activities In Adelaide St Kilda Adventure Playground

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Australian Rules Football has the highest spectator attendance and television viewership of all sports in Australia. Moreover, its origin can be traced to football matches played in Melbourne.  As far back as 1858.  So, it’s no wonder that “Aussie Rules” is a way of life for most Melbournians. Also, it’s almost a rite of passage for kids in Melbourne to play junior AFL at some point.  So, good news  if you live in Melbourne and your child is ready and willing to join an AFL team.  As below, we’ve provided a list of some of the best AFL footy clubs in Melbourne for kids.

KIDS FOOTY CLUBS IN MELBOURNE

Hampton Rovers Football Club

The first of our top kids footy clubs in Melbourne are the Hampton Rovers.  The Hampton Rovers first started as an organised activity for the 1st Hampton Scout group in 1918.  The club, establishing in 1929.  Plus, it competes in the South Metro Junior Football League. In 1979, the club started its youth policy by introducing Junior Grades.  In addition, their aim was to provide an extensive link with the local community.  Plus, act as a development scheme and feeder base for the senior sides.  As proof of concept, this philosophy, has resulted in 35 Junior premierships.  As well as, thirteen Lightning premierships. Moreover, Hampton Rovers Football Club endeavours to provide all players with a safe and caring environment.  In addition, their primary aims are to ensure each child: (a) achieves their maximum skill level.  And, (b) experiences enjoyment at both training and on match day. They have teams for both boys and girls from Under 8 through to Under 18.  As well, the club grades their teams graded from Under 11 through to Under 18. Best AFL Footy Clubs In Melbourne For Kids Hampton Rovers Football Club 01

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Ivanhoe Junior Football Club

The Ivanhoe Junior Football Club formed on 5th October 1971.  Firstly, as an affiliate of The Ivanhoe Amateur Football Club.  Moreover, they have two grounds.  Firstly, one at Ivanhoe Park in Ivanhoe East.  The other, at Ford Park in Bellfield.  Also, as one of the best kids footy clubs in Melbournethe, the club competes in the Yarra Junior Football League. Next, the core goal at Ivanhoe JFC is to provide an environment for competitive and fun footy.  Plus, they want as many junior players as possible to enjoy footy.  IJFC provides opportunities for both boys and girls to play in teams.  Teams range from, Under 8 through to Under 18. In addition, the club places significant emphasis during the Under 8’s, 9’s & 10’s on skill development.  So, they reduce contact between players, and emphasise keeping position and participation.  Also, they start grading teams from Under 11.  Which, allows players to participate at the appropriately assessed level.  Moreover, this enables children to enjoy their football.  Plus, gain greater confidence for years to come. Best AFL Footy Clubs In Melbourne For Kids Ivanhoe Junior Football Club 02

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Richmond Junior Football Club

In terms of kids AFL football clubs, the Richmond Junior Football Club begun in 1973.  Also, it’s located at Citizens Park on the corner of Highett Street and Gleadell Street in Richmond.  In 1996 they joined the newly formed Yarra Junior Football League.  Moreover, during that period of time they’ve won twelve premierships. In addition, the Richmond Junior Football Club (RJFC) seeks to encourage the right learning environment.  As one of the best kids footy clubs in Melbourne, they wish to balance participation, talent development and enjoyment.  Also, they offer teams for both boys and girls.  With boys-only teams from Under 8 through to Under 18.  Plus, girls-only teams, from Under 10 through to Under 18. Lastly, team grading starts from Under 13.  With the RJFC aspiring to provide football players the opportunity to play at the highest level possible within the Yarra Junior Football League. Best AFL Footy Clubs In Melbourne For Kids Richmond Junior Football Club

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West Coburg Football Club

The West Coburg Football Club was founded in 1927.  And one of the best kids footy clubs in Melbourne.  It’s located at Shore Reserve in Pascoe Vale South.  Moreover, they play in the Essendon District Football League (EDFL). Their junior teams play home games at either Shore Reserve or Brearley Reserve.  Which, depends on age group and availability. In addition, the clubs AFL Junior Football Program embodies the principles  of the West Coburg Football Club.  Making it a family-friendly club, built on strong values.  Namely, gender and cultural diversity, good play, fairness, teamwork, responsibility and respect for all. Moreover, West Coburg offers the chance for girls and boys to play football within multiple age groups in the EDFL.  So, they have kids AFL football teams ranging from Under 9’s for their youngest players to Under 17’s for the older juniors. Lastly, West Coburg AFL Football Club places Junior players into teams according to set criteria.  For example, their attitude, skills, ability, leadership, confidence, fitness and interaction with potential teammates and coaching staff. Best AFL Footy Clubs In Melbourne For Kids West Coburg Football Club

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Waverley Park Hawks

The fifth of our top footy clubs in Melbourne for kids, is the Waverley Park Hawks.  The Waverley Park Hawks are one of the largest clubs in the Monash municipality.  Moreover, they’ve a long history in the community.  A history that spans over 40 years.  The club is based at Columbia Reserve in Wheelers Hill.  Plus, they compete in the South Metro Junior Football League. Their purpose is to provide an enjoyable junior AFL football experience for local children.  Also, wanting to improve their physical and social well-being, through skill development in a team environment.  In addition, they foster player participation, new friendships, enjoyment and the playing of football in the true spirit of sportsmanship. As one of the best kids footy clubs in Melbourne, it’s their aim to develop players to achieve their full potential.  So, the club does this by providing good coaching and playing facilities.  Also, at the same time, creating an environment where players enjoy themselves both on and off the field. The Waverley Park Hawks are an inclusive club.  Welcoming boys and girls of all ages, skill levels and backgrounds.  Lastly, they have junior teams from Under 8 through to Under 18. Best AFL Footy Clubs In Melbourne For Kids Waverley Park Hawks

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If your child is showing a keen interest in AFL footy and wants to develop their skills further, then get them involved in an innovative Australian Sports Camps 3 Day AFL Coaching Camp, that covers all facets of football.  An experienced and talented panel of coaches will deliver these programs.  Plus, the program design aims to improve skills and maximise enjoyment of Aussie Rules.  So, even if your child’s already a part of one of our best kids footy clubs in Melbourne, our camps are still great for further personal and team development!

Rugby League Football has been one of Australia’s most popular sports.  Having been played here since 1908.  Plus, it’s the most popular winter sport in Queensland.  So, good news.  If you live in Brisbane.  And, your son or daughter is at the age where they are keen to get involved in a rugby league team.  There are numerous kids Rugby League Clubs in Brisbane.  But, please read below as we’ve shared details for five of the best ones. 

RUGBY LEAGUE CLUBS IN BRISBANE FOR KIDS

Valleys Diehards Rugby League Brisbane

The Valley Diehards Rugby League Club is the first of our rugby league clubs in Brisbane for kids. Valleys Diehards is located in the beautiful northside suburb of Grange.  Plus, it’s one of Brisbane’s oldest and most successful clubs.  Moreover, it was founded in 1908.  As well as boasting 24 BRL First Grade Premierships. In addition, many champion players have been a part of the Valleys Diehards.  Including, the great Wally Lewis.  However, just as important to the club is the development of their juniors.  As, they believe the juniors are the future and lifeblood of the club. So, the experience for juniors at Valleys is all about participation and fun.  Also, their philosophy is to provide a warm, welcoming, fun environment.  So, that the kids can thrive at whatever they do.  Moreover, The Valleys Diehards, pride themselves on being a family friendly club with a great culture. Lastly, they have junior teams starting from under 6’s.  With, no playing fees for Under 6 and Under Age groups. Finding Rugby League Clubs In Brisbane For Kids Valleys Diehards Rugby League Brisbane

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Carina Junior Rugby League Football Club

Another great kids league clubs in Brisbane, is the Carina Junior Rugby League Football Club (JRLFC).  Which, was formed in 1958.  Plus, it’s located in the suburb of Carina.  Which, is just east of Brisbane’s CBD. Carina JRLFC aims to use rugby league as a means to influence and educate young people, families and the community.  So, they focus on the positive benefits of healthy lifestyle choices, respect for self, others and the game.  In addition, they emphasize responsible decision making, while providing a safe family friendly environment. The development of their juniors is very important to them and the club’s motto is “Enjoy, Develop, Compete”: ENJOY- For rugby league to be an enjoyable experience and to have fun. DEVELOP- To continually develop the knowledge and skills of the game of rugby league.  To learn to work together as a team.  And, to keep on improving as individual people off the field. COMPETE- To aim to be successful.  By, learning to compete and giving their best effort.  Regardless of the result.  Whilst, upholding their reputation as a strong and proud rugby league club. Finding Rugby League Clubs In Brisbane For Kids Carina Junior Rugby League Football Club

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Capalaba Warriors Junior Rugby League Football Club

Capalaba Warriors Junior Rugby League Football Club was formed in 1985.  Initially, as a breakaway club of Redlands Junior Rugby League Club. The Club is located in Bainfield Lane, Capalaba.  Which is a suburb in Redland City, just 19km south east of Brisbane. It’s a family friendly, community based club.  Moreover they aim to provide a fun, safe, enjoyable environment.  One that encourages all participants to reach their full potential.  No matter what their aspirations may be. Also, they aim to develop the skills, attitude and performance of every player.  Also, while recognising that all players have differing levels of rugby league skills and abilities.  So, with this in mind, they endeavour to place players into grades that best suit their ability.  While, nurturing his/her potential. Finding Rugby League Clubs In Brisbane For Kids Capalaba Warriors Junior Rugby League Football Club

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Wests Brisbane Junior Rugby League Club

Wests (Brisbane) is another great junior rugby league club.   They’re based at the foot of Mt Coot-tha at Purtell Park, Bardon.  Which is 5km west of Brisbane.  Moreover, they’re one of the oldest junior league clubs in Brisbane.  Also, having been proud to host some of league’s greatest and well known players, since they began in 1939. Wests provide an encouraging environment.  Focusing on sportsmanship, personal development and enjoyment of the game as central themes.  While, off the field, they provide an inclusive, social atmosphere built on family values. In addition, Wests JRLFC is a founding member of the Western Broncos Development Program.  The program has been established from the need to provide development opportunities for both players and coaches.  Also, with the aim of increasing the skill level of junior rugby league in Western Brisbane. Finding Rugby League Clubs In Brisbane For Kids Wests Brisbane Junior Rugby League Club

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Southern Suburbs Junior Rugby League Club

Southern Suburbs JRLC is another one of the popular kids league clubs in Brisbane.  Located at Brandon Park in Acacia Ridge.  Which, is a suburb 15km south of Brisbane’s CBD.  Also, they were one of the foundation clubs of the Brisbane Junior Rugby League to play in the Under 15 to Under 18 grades. Moreover, their aim is to promote and foster junior rugby league in the southern suburbs of Brisbane.  Also, they pride themselves on being an open multi-cultural club.  Providing everyone with an equal opportunity to be involved, regardless of ability. Southern Suburbs have developed the Mal Meniga Academy.  Which, is open to players from Under 13’s to Under 18’s.  In addition, the academy holds training days and sessions throughout the season.  Aiming, to further develop player skills. Finding Rugby League Clubs In Brisbane For Kids Southern Suburbs Junior Rugby League Club

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So, get your child to join a rugby league team.  It’s a great way to foster the love of the game.  In addition, enrolling your child in a Rugby League Coaching Camp will further maximise their enjoyment of rugby.  While, improving their skills.

As additional support to club-based coaching, Australian Sports Camps run 3 Day Coaching Camps for 6-16 year olds.  These programs cover all facets of Rugby League within their structured skill development framework.  Also, the programs are run by an experienced coaching panel.  Plus, they utilize top class facilities.  In addition to, special guest appearances by current and former Australian and state players.   So, it’s a fantastic opportunity for your child to meet their sporting idols and make friends.  While, having fun playing the sport they love.  Also, don’t worry if your kid is a already a member of one of the rugby league clubs in Brisbane.  Our camps are still great for further personal and team development!

Where can kids go rock climbing in Melbourne?  For kids, indoor rock climbing is a fun and active thing to do.  So, we’ve put together this article to provide some great information.  On, how your family can involve themselves further in the sport.  As well as, some great places for the kids to go climbing in safety. So, in recent years, rock climbing has become more and more popular.  Going from a recreational activity to an elite sport.  Which, will  feature as an Olympic event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Moreover, this is mostly due the large number of climbing centres that have opened up.  Thus, making it easily accessible for the whole family to go and give rock climbing a try. Also, not only does rock climbing improve strength and body control.  But, in addition, it’s a complex, mind-challenging sport.  All of these qualities are fantastic for kids. However, most importantly, it is a heap of fun! So, live in Melbourne and looking for rock climbing centres?  Ones where your kids can go and give this amazing sport a try?  Accordingly, we’ve provided a list of some of the best rock climbing venues for kids in Melbourne.

Australian Sports Camps

Firstly, if your kids are showing a keen enthusiasm for rock climbing, then we definitely recommend the 2 Day Rock Climbing Coaching Program run by Australian Sports Camps (ASC).  It’s held over the school holidays.  And, it’s a great way for kids to experience rock climbing in Melbourne.  Here, kids receive expert coaching to help them develop and progress their climbing ability.  All within an extremely safe and supervised environment. Furthermore, your kids will learn how to use a variety of different climbing moves and techniques.  Ass well a,s the different disciplines and skills of climbing.  For example, knot-craft, equipment selection, strategy and route planning. Also, the climbing coaches at ASC have a combined climbing experience of over 30 years.  Plus, they’ve climbed geographically around the world.  In countries like Patagonia, USA, Spain, France, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.  So, your kids will be in safe, experienced hands. Lastly, this program runs in several top quality indoor facilities.  Multiple climbing routes engage climber movements in different ways.  Also, facilities often use a hydraulic auto-belay system. Which means, that no climbing buddy is needed.  Plus, courses are available for boys and girls aged between 6 and 16.  Consisting of structured and fun programs for each age level. Rock Climbing  

TunzaFun Extreme

TunzaFun Extreme (https://www.tunzafunxtreme.com.au/) is located at Westfield Knox Ozone in Wantirna South.  And, features 34 indoor rock climbing walls.  Also, they use a hydraulic auto-belay system.  As well as, ‘One More Life Saving Mats’.  Which, provide a shock absorbing surface, to minimise injury in the case of falls. Plus, there’s a 15 minute safety briefing prior to climbing.  Next, the kids are checked and clipped in by highly trained team members.  Hence, ensuring that safety is always a high priority.  Also, Kids must be at least 4 years old to climb.  But, young children still need an adult on the floor with them to supervise. All climbing sessions go for one hour and start on the hour.  However, you’ll need to get there early.  Allowing time to check in for the 15 minute safety briefing. Where Can Kids Go Rock Climbing In Melbourne TunzaFun Extreme

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UpUnlimited Melbourne

Next, at UpUnlimited (https://www.upunlimited.com.au/), there are 37 climbing challenges.  Plus, two extra, amp it up experiences – the Leap of Faith and Vertical Drop Slide. So, your kids will have a ball as they race themselves or their mates on the Speed Walls.  Plus, bounce off the Inflatable, Master the Dark Tower and take The Stairway to Heaven. Furthermore, every climb is equipped with a hydraulic auto-belay system.  Making it, safe and easy to climb without a buddy.  Also, children 12 years and under need to have an adult on premises when climbing.  Plus, they must have their harness checked by an adult before each climb. Lastly, every session goes for one hour.  Plus, an additional 15 minutes for the safety briefing before you start.  UpUnlimited has a terrific centre in Moorabbin. Where Can Kids Go Rock Climbing In Melbourne UpUnlimited

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Hardrock Climbing

Our next kids rock climbing venue in Melbourne is Hardrock (https://www.hardrock.com.au/).  Which, has centres in Nunawading and in Melbourne’s CBD.  These Climbing Centres are very popular with serious rock climbers.  However, timers and kids are also welcome. Furthermore, the minimum recommended age kids to indoor rock climb is 4 years at the Nunawading complex and 8 years at the CBD complex.  As, Nunawading has more kid friendly climbing walls.  Also, children under 11 years must be accompanied by an adult to help them.  Moreover, one adult may help up to two or three children comfortably.  Which, allows the children to have a break in between climbs. Only the CBD venue has 4 auto belay walls.  So, your kids will need a buddy to hold the rope for them (belaying). Plus, kids must be at least 11 years old to belay.  A safety briefing is required before you climb and includes belay instructions. Entry to Hardrock is via a Day Pass.  Therefore, you’re welcome to climb for as long as you wish.  Plus, families can even leave and return to the centre throughout the day. Furthermore, Hardrock run a Junior Climbing Club to offer speciality coaching in all areas of rock climbing. Lastly, the club provides young climbers with the opportunity to train and enjoy rock climbing in an enthusiastic and enjoyable environment. And, it’s open to ages 11 to 19. Where Can Kids Go Rock Climbing In Melbourne Hardrock Climbing

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Cliffhanger Climbing Gym

Our last venue, Cliffhanger (https://www.cliffhanger.com.au/) is located in Altona North.  And, it’s the tallest indoor rock climbing gym in the Southern Hemisphere.  Also, it’s a great venue for kids to try rock climbing in Melbourne.  With, walls as high as 20 metres.  Also, it has two dedicated bouldering areas.  Plus, feature walls, crack climbs, a huge range of climbing aids.  And if that’s not enough, a dozen lead climbing walls set by some of the best route setters in Australia. Firstly, all first time climbers must go through a thorough safety briefing before climbing.  As well, climbers under the age of 18 must have waiver forms signed by their own parent.  Which, can be completed online before going.   Also, your entry fee at Cliffhanger covers an unlimited day pass of climbing. Lastly, cliffhanger run two junior development programs for 4-11 year and 12-17 year olds.  Their Melbourne kids rock climbing program design will develop climbing skills in a fun environment.  Also, the classes are all about overcoming fears.  Plus, gaining capacity, no matter what the age or level of development.  As well as, developing self-esteem.  Plus, the ability to care for others and exercise great judgement skills. Where Can Kids Go Rock Climbing In Melbourne Cliffhanger

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Interested in the best kids basketball clubs and live in the Melbourne area?  Looking for the best basketball club for your children to join?  We can assist.  Accordingly, please find further details regarding five top-ranking basketball clubs in Melbourne. So, whether it’s just shooting hoops in the street with friends or playing in a team competition, basketball has always been a popular sport. One for kids of all ages to enjoy.  Also, basketball is a safe, welcoming and inclusive sport.  Moreover, one that can be played by both boys and girls of all abilities. Plus, kids who play basketball can develop their teamwork and leadership skills.  Also, while boosting their confidence and self-esteem. Finally, it’s a great way for kids to stay fit and healthy.  While, having a heap of fun in a safe environment.

BASKETBALL CLUBS IN MELBOURNE

Melbourne Tigers Junior Basketball Club

The first of our top ranked kids basketball clubs in Melbourne is the the Melbourne Tigers.  The Tigers are one of the most recognisable and successful basketball clubs in Melbourne.  Even Australia.  Plus, they have been operating for more than 75 years. Moreover, at a junior level, the club exists to help young boys and girls develop into resilient young men and women.  Also, they wish to arm them with the right values and skills to help them in adulthood.  Achieving this through the sport of basketball, while having a lot of fun along the way. The Melbourne Tigers currently run over 50 teams across junior boys and girls programs in the Basketball Victoria Junior Leagues (VJBL).  Thus, providing players the opportunity to compete at the highest level in the state. Also, boys and girls, between 8 years and 12 years, can attend the Melbourne Tigers Development sessions.  These sessions are held at the Oakleigh Recreation Centre on Sunday afternoons.  From July to September each year.  Plus sessions runs from 12pm to 2pm. Furthermore, Melbourne Tigers Juniors caters for the more athletic kids who have a competitive nature. Lastly, they have teams for both boys and girls in the junior competition for U12’s through to U18’s.  Plus, try outs for these teams are held in October each year. Melbourne Tigers Junior Basketball Club

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Collingwood All Stars Basketball Club

Collingwood Basketball Association is a not-for-profit community based basketball club.  Which, offers young and older players, in inner city Melbourne, the opportunity to participate in a variety of competitions and programs. Also, this great for kids basketball club provides the opportunity to learn and develop basketball skills in beginner programs.  Which, are run on Tuesdays and Saturdays:

  • Little Stars is an introductory play and learn basketball program for 3 and 4 year olds.
  • All Star Hoops is a beginner program for prep to grade 3’s.  To learn basketball skills and have fun.
  • Mini Ball is a program for grade 3 to 6’s.  To develop their basketball skills and play non-competitive games. Part of the session concentrates on fundamental skills development.  And, the remainder of the session is a non-competitive game.
  • Aussie Hoops is an entry level program for 5 to 8 year olds.  With the objective of  learning basketball skills and having fun.

Moreover, Collingwood Basketball Club has boys and girls junior teams from U8’s to U19’s.  They play competition on Saturdays as part of the Eastern Districts Junior Basketball Association. Furthermore, Collingwood give you the opportunity to play at representative level on Friday nights. Collingwood All Stars Basketball Club

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Timberwolves Basketball Club

Another one of the best kids basketball clubs to join is Timberwolves.  Timberwolves are a domestic basketball club affiliated with the Waverley Basketball Association (Waverley Falcons).  Plus, their membership is open to all junior players, both boys and girls, interested in playing basketball.  Also, they have teams that cater for all skill levels – novice beginners through to highly skilled ‘A-Grade’ players. Moreover, the club aims to provide opportunities for players of all abilities.  Also, for them to participate in a team based activity.  In addition, they have programs to assist in individual development.  All within, an enjoyable, positive environment. Their Aussie Hoops program, is a 9 to 10 week program.  Which, is an entry point for all new basketballers aged 5 to 12 years.  Plus, Aussie Hoops, embraces the concept of modified sport.  Where, participants can enjoy themselves in fun activities.  Without the pressures of full-scale competition. Also, Timberwolves “Crushers” has been a successful initiative.  Crushers was set up to provide young players with a pathway into competition, at a pace they are comfortable with.  Plus, they offer team competition for juniors from U12’s through to U18’s.

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Knox All Stars Basketball Club

Knox All Stars is a local, community-based basketball club.  They offering basketball to the kids of Rowville, Lysterfield and Ferntree Gully. Plus, their aim is to provide players with an activity that is healthy, energetic, but most of all FUN. The All Stars Basketball Club (Knox) Incorporated, is based in the South East of Melbourne, City of Knox.  In terms of kids basketball, they catering for junior players in age groups from Under 8 upwards.  For older players, up to Under 23 years. Moreover, the club competes as part of the Knox Junior Domestic Basketball Competition.  This is during both the Winter (May to November) and Summer (November to May) seasons.  Plus, the club currently boasts a healthy 50 to 60 teams entered into each season’s competition.  In addition, teams span the full spectrum of age groups and grading levels. Lastly, the club plays in the Knox Basketball Association, with the junior competition being one of the largest in Australia. Knox All Stars Basketball Club

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Aberfeldie Jets Basketball Club

The Aberfeldie Jets is our final choice.  And, top ranking for kids basketball clubs.  Also, ‘The Jets’ are home to over 850 players.  Entering 105 teams in the Keilor Basketball Association’s junior domestic competition. Moreover, their aim is to foster the development of basketball skills (particularly junior domestic basketball).  Offering, an environment in which children and adults have fun while participating. Furthermore, they run a ‘Junior Jets’ program.  Firstly, ‘Junior Jets’ focuses on individual development.  And secondly, on being part of a competitive team sport.  In addition, ‘Junior Jets’ strongly supports the direct participation of parents.  In fact, all parents are welcome to attend and join their sessions. Also, Junior Jets builds on the principles and skills needed to prepare players for game situations.  When they are old enough to start playing. Lastly, Aberfeldie Jets has players competing in teams from U10’s through to U18’s in Keilor Basketball Association’s junior domestic competition. Alberfeldie Jets Basketball Club

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If your child is already involved in any of the above, great for kids basketball clubs in Melbourne.  And, wants even more practice to improve their basketball skills, Australian Sports Camps run Basketball Coaching Camps for children of all standards. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to receive training on all facets of basketball.  Learn from top level coaches.  Plus, enjoy guest appearances by NBL and state players.  All in a fun, safe environment.

Looking for a great children’s netball clubs in Melbourne?  Looking at getting your child involved in netball? Live in the Melbourne area?  Terrific! Below you can find some great netball clubs in Melbourne that are well worth considering. Netball is the most popular women’s sport in Australia.  With an estimated 1.2 million participants nationwide.   In addition, although netball has traditionally been a sport for women and girls, men and boys are becoming increasingly involved. Plus, netball is an ideal team sport for kids.  As, it offers the opportunity for social connectedness.  Plus, cooperation, fitness and fun to anyone who wants to take part. Netball Clubs in Melbourne St Anthonys

NETBALL CLUBS IN MELBOURNE

St. Anthony’s Glenhuntly Netball Club

The first of our top ranked netball clubs for kids in Melbourne, is the St Anthony’s Glenhuntly Netball Club .  St. Anthony’s, ( http://stanthonysnetball.org.au/) is a non-denominational netball club.  Also, focusing on girls and boys playing with their old friends or making new friends on the netball court.  Furthermore, the primary aim of the club is that the girls and boys really enjoy their netball.  And, have consistency within a social group. Moreover, their players are not graded and put into different teams each year.  Instead, their teams are formed in U11.  Then, they stay together in the same teams, as they progress through the different age groups.  Also, this club constantly encourages their junior players to develop their netball skills.  Plus, all teams up to U17, have regular training with appointed coaches. Also, St. Anthony’s Glenhuntly offer the ‘Net Set Go’ program for children (both girls and boys) who are in grades 1,2 and 3.  ‘Net Set Go’ is a program that has been developed by Netball Australia.  Aiming to provide children aged from 5 to 10 years with the best possible learning and playing experience.  As well as, to develop a positive introduction to netball. ‘NetSetGO’ incorporates skill activities, minor games, music, dance and modified matches, in a fun and safe environment.  Also, the weekly program is coordinated by accredited coaches.  Which, ensures a quality experience for all participants. Furthermore, St. Anthony’s Glenhuntly Teams compete in the Caulfield and District Netball Association.  Plus, Under 11’s compete on Friday evenings and Under 13’s, 15’s & 17’s compete Saturday mornings.  Lastly, all games are held at the Duncan McKinnon Netball Courts (Cnr. Murrumbeena & North Roads, Murrumbeena). Netball Clubs in Melbourne St. Christophers

St. Christopher’s Airport West Netball Club

St Christopher’s Airport West Netball Club is a great netball club for kids in Melbourne.  Also, see more at:( https://www.facebook.com/StChristophersAirportWestNetballClubAirportSaints/ ).  Also, known as the Airport Saints, is located in Airport West, Melbourne, Victoria.  Moreover, they pride themselves on being a friendly, local club.  And, a club that includes both boys and girls from 7 years of age, through to adults. Currently, the club has 20 teams competing at the State Netball and Hockey Centre.  Teams range from Nettas (7+) through to Seniors. Also, St. Christopher’s offers the ‘Net Set Go’ program to younger children from 5 to 10 years.  Furthermore, they have teams in U11’s, U13’, U15’s and U17’s.  All teams play on Saturday mornings except U17’s which play on Thursday nights.  Plus, weekly training is compulsory for all junior players.  As, the Airport Saints believe that commitment and effort at training is essential for the ongoing benefit of individuals and to the team.  Training is held at Bowes Ave Community Centre Netball Courts, Airport West In terms of matches, the Airport Saints compete in graded competitions.  Overall, they focus on graded teams having balance in defence/attack and centre court.  Hence, allowing Juniors to enjoy competitions suited to their ability/skill level.  Also, allowing continual development, as they progress throughout the season. As with all Junior age groups, it’s the goal of the coaches/committee to have all girls playing at a level suited to their ability.  So, that they’ll continue to develop and enjoy the game of netball.  Also, being such a popular and friendly club, see’s St. Christopher’s as one of our top ranked netball clubs for kids in Melbourne. Netball Clubs in Melbourne Port Melbourne

Port Melbourne Netball Club

This terrific children’s netball club for Melbourne kids, formed by a group of volunteers, began in 2014.  This was after a huge surge in junior Netball participants.  Furthermore, their aim is to provide opportunities for the local community to play netball.  And, advance their skill level in a friendly, inclusive and social environment. Furthermore, each Autumn and Spring, they offer the ‘NetSetGo’ program for children aged 5 to 8 years.   Plus, the club has teams in U10’s, U11’s, U13’s, U15’s and U17’s.  Furthermore, all teams have a one-hour training session every week.  Plus, they play in the Parkville Netball Competition on Saturday mornings.  As well, training is held at R F Julier Reserve Courts – Dunstan Parade Port Melbourne. Lastly, Port Melbourne Netball Club (https://www.portmelbournenetball.com/ ) aims to create a successful future for their club.  This is through innovative leadership.  Plus, a strong commitment to skill development for all players.  As well as, provision of a junior development program and development opportunities for their coaches, umpires and officials. Netball Clubs in Melbourne Williamstown Juniors

Williamstown Juniors Netball Club

The final club on our list of top ranked netball clubs for kids in Melbourne is the Williamstown Juniors Netball Club (WJNC) https://www.williamstownjuniorsnetballclub.com.au/.  Williamstown provides juniors, in the local community, the opportunity to participate in the sport of netball.  As well, the club encourages each player to strive for their best.  All within an inclusive and family friendly environment.  And, is proud of their emphasis on participation, enjoyment, commitment, skills development, team spirit and co-operative behaviour. Also, WJNC run the ‘Net Set Go’ program for children aged 5 to 10 years.  With, age group categories including U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17. Moreover, children can train in two locations.  Either, at the Williamstown High School Gym on the corner of Pasco Street and Melbourne Road, Williamstown.  Alternatively, at the Williamstown High School Gym on the Bayside Campus, Bayview Street, Williamstown.  Training happens on a Monday or Friday afternoon. Lastly, their teams compete in the Altona Netball Association Saturday Competition.  And, games are held at the Altona Sports Centre.

Want to Get Your Child into Netball?

If your child is showing a keen interest in playing netball.  Or, wants to further enhance their game, Australian Sports Camps also run 3 day netball camps. These camps cover all facets of the game.  And, with a program design on improving skills and maximising enjoyment.  So, is your child is already playing with a great netball club for kids in Melbourne?  Not to worry.  Our camps will still further their personal and team development.  By providing new drills and feedback.  For example, from our video analysis sessions. Also, our camps have experienced coaches.  Plus, see guest appearances by current and former ANZ Championship players and state players.  So, providing the chance to meet sporting idols.  Lastly, make friends while having fun playing netball.

Don’t wait, book your child into a netball camp online today.

Soccer is the most popular club based sport to play in Australia.  And, it seems that kids can’t get enough of it.  Hence, it’s a common sight these days, all over Australia, to see boys and girls kicking a soccer ball.  Either, around the oval at school or in the park on the weekend. Also, soccer is a safe, accessible and inclusive sport.  Which is why so many parents are keen to get their kids involved in a team at a local club.  However, choosing which club to sign your child up with can be a confusing decision.  So, here, we’ve given you an introduction to some of the best soccer clubs in Melbourne for your kids.

SOCCER CLUBS IN MELBOURNE

Brighton Soccer Club

The first of our soccer clubs in Melbourne is arguably the most popular.  It’s Brighton Soccer Club.  The Club is located at Dendy Park in Brighton.  Plus, it’s the largest soccer club in Victoria with approximately 1,500 members.  Also, it’s the largest junior soccer club in Victoria which includes the highest number of girls. Furthermore, Brighton Soccer Club focuses most of its time and energy into the development of their junior teams.  Catering for both elite and social players.  Also, with opportunities for boys and girls to play at all age levels and grades of  the Football Federation Victoria (FFV) junior competition. ALDI Miniroos (previously small-sided football) is a small version of football designed to introduce kids to soccer in a fun environment.  Moreover, it’s been played at Brighton Soccer Club since 2007.  Providing the opportunity for boys and girls of all abilities and size to play soccer. Furthermore, Brighton Soccer Club offer the following programs for kids:

  • U8-U11 Miniroos for boys and girls (mixed teams)
  • U7-U11 Miniroos girls only teams
  • U12-U18 Boys only football teams
  • U12-U18 Girls only football teams

Boys and girls in U12-U18 advance to 11-a-side games.  Providing players an opportunity to undergo an assessment process to qualify to play in a graded team. Lastly, Brighton Soccer Club was founded in 1924 and has always maintained a strong focus and priority in nurturing and developing their junior players and teams.

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Collingwood City Soccer Club

Collingwood City Soccer Club (CCSC) is based in Richmond.  Which, is close to Kew and Hawthorn.  They have teams for both boys and girls.  Ranging from kinder through to junior and youth. Furthermore, CCSC specialises in children and junior training programs.  Making it a great  soccer club for Melbourne children.  As well, they recognise that the style and focus of training with these age groups requires great patience and understanding.  Thus, ensuring that kids can participate in learning new skills.  All within a fun filled environment. Plus, CCSC offer the following programs for kids:

  • Kinder program
  • 6-7yrs Skills Saturday training program
  • U8-U11 Miniroos program
  • U12-U18 Junior and youth development program

Moreover, these programs cover the basic fundamentals through to technical game training.  This allows children to develop and maintain a love of the game.  While, enhancing their skills as they mature as players within the club. Also, CCSC  have a girls only specialised program for U5’s upwards.  Plus, with the option to join a girls only team from U8’s through to U16’s.

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Peninsula Strikers Junior Football Club

Peninsula Strikers Junior Football Club is one of the biggest clubs in the south of Melbourne and a great soccer club for kids.  The club has over 400 players from age 5 and up.  Moreover, they are located in Ballam Park in Frankston.  Plus, they offer programs for all ages and abilities.  From social/recreational players, to those wishing to play at the highest level of competition. Also, Peninsula Strikers JFC offer the following programs:

  • U5-U7 Miniroos program
  • U8-U11 Miniroos program with the option of having mixed teams or separate boys and girls teams
  • U12-U18 Junior graded program where kids are put into teams based on experience and skill level

Furthermore, Peninsula Strikers JFC have invested in becoming a club that focuses on junior development.  Accordingly, they have joined up with T3 Australia, to give a professional level of training to all their kids aged from U5 to U11.  T3 Australia is an Australian football organisation.  Also, empowering the grassroots level of football.  And, focusing on bridging the gap between the highly skilled and less skilled players.

Soccer Clubs in Melbourne Peninsula

Eastern Lions Football Club

Lastly, our final top ranked kids soccer club in Melbourne is the Eastern Lions Football Club.  The Eastern Lions are located in Burwood.  Plus, they have close to 20 teams in the senior, junior and ALDI Miniroos competitions.  Also, it’s their philosophy to provide their junior players with a structured soccer training program.  One, that provides a pathway for young players to develop to the highest level possible. Moreover, they have highly qualified, motivated and experienced coaches.  Delivering age and ability appropriate training for boys and girls within first class training facilities. On top of that, the Eastern Lions Football Club offers the following programs for kids:

  • U5-U8 NPL Miniroos Squad for boys and girls (mixed teams)
  • U9-U11 NPL Sub Youth Squad for boys and girls (mixed teams)
  • U12-U18 NPL Youth Squad for boys

Also, they hold extra kids soccer club programs, that run for 8-10 weeks for 4-7 yrs and 9-11 yrs age groups.  These programs are designed to further develop kids soccer skills.  While, teaching freedom of play, creativity and confidence.

Soccer Clubs in Melbourne Eastern Lions These kids soccer clubs in Melbourne that we have shared, all offer fantastic soccer training.  And, development, with the opportunity for kids of all ages and abilities to learn to play in a team environment. Also, if your child has an interest in playing soccer, but wants to develop their capability further.  Then, why not get them involved in a school holiday soccer camp?

Australian Sports Camps run 3 day soccer coaching programs for kids of all standards.  Helping to improve their skills, under the guidance of top Australian coaches and players.  All within a fun, relaxed, environment.

How To Find The Best Deals On Kids Sports Equipment.  As parents we all know how beneficial it is, both physically and socially, for our kids to get involved in sports. However, it’s not always beneficial to our hip pocket.  Also, the costs of getting our kids started in sport can sometimes put a lot of added pressure onto families, especially if you have more than one child. We don’t want to let our kids down and want them to be able to take advantage of all the opportunities presented to them. Here we will share some suggestions on how to find the best deals on sports equipment for your kids, so that they can get involved in their chosen sport without it becoming an unnecessary burden for us financially.

Plan Ahead

If you know that your child will be continuing on with their sport next season or wants to start playing sport for the first time then start shopping around early. Keep your eyes and ears open during the holidays and off season for any sporting sales. Of course buying sports outfits during the off season might not be beneficial because kids grow so quickly, but you can save on other essential equipment such as basketballs, hockey sticks, soccer nets and protective gear if you take advantage of the sales. Another way of getting the best deals for kids sports equipment, is to subscribe to the emails and catalogues of your local sporting shops.  So, you’re aware of when your sought after sporting equipment is being discounted.  Plus, Some sales don’t last long.  So, this is the best way to avoid missing out. Planning ahead also lets you work out exactly how much you will need to spend on sporting equipment for the upcoming season. Knowing this in advance will allow you put a savings plan in place specifically for this sporting equipment, so the money is there when you need it.

Buy Secondhand Equipment

Buying secondhand is a popular way to find the best deals on kids sporting equipment. Kids grow so quickly.  Which, often means that if you’re buying sporting uniforms and footwear for your child secondhand, it’s probably only been worn for one season, maybe less, so is usually still in good condition. The same can be true for sporting equipment. Kids can be fickle, so the sport they may be in love with this season might not interest them the next, which provides a great opportunity to buy some used equipment that is practically brand new. Joining specific Facebook groups such as your local buy, swap and sell and local Facebook sporting groups is another great way to find bargains on secondhand kids sporting equipment. It’s an easy way for sellers to reach a large customer base.  Also, if you’re a member of these groups, you can receive notifications when new ads list.  Thus, allowing you to get in quick and grab a bargain. Other excellent ways to find the best deals on children’s secondhand sporting equipment are sites like Gumtree (https://www.gumtree.com.au/) and eBay (https://www.ebay.com.au/)or keeping an eye out for local garage sales. A lot of sports clubs also advertise used equipment and uniforms for sale at great discounts from players that no longer need them.

How To Find The Best Deals On Kids Sports Equipment Plan Ahead

Word Of Mouth

This can be a really successful way to find fantastic deals on kids sporting equipment.  So, just chatting to workmates or other parents in the schoolyard about your kids involvement in sport.  And, what you’re needing to buy them for the upcoming season, can open up a world of possibilities. Whether it’s the person you’re talking to or someone they know, there is quite often a pair of unworn soccer boots under a bed or a hockey stick that is collecting dust in a bedroom somewhere that needs a new home. The former owners are usually quite happy to see them put to use which means a great bargain for you. Parents at your sporting club are probably in the same position as you.  Plus, you might find that you can do some great swaps as new kids are just starting.  And, older ones outgrowing their current equipment.  So, this is a win for everyone.  Moreover, it never hurts to ask around.

Get The Most Out Of The Equipment You Already Have

If money is really tight, then it’s important to get the most value and use out of purchased equipment.  Accordingly, this may mean buying a uniform that is slightly bigger, but wearable.  So, that you get more than one season out of it.  This really can be a great way of getting the best deal on kids sports equipment. This scenario probably isn’t practical when it comes to footwear.  As, properly fitting shoes are extremely important when playing sport. However, if you have a younger child that you know you can pass the shoes or boots down to.  Then, ensure that when you first buy them, that they’re gender neutral.  Therefore, something that both children will be happy to wear when the time comes. Buying the best quality sporting equipment you can afford the first time, will save you money in the long term.  At the time, it might seem economical to buy the cheapest version.  However, too cheap usually means poor quality.  Which, may leave you having to spend more money sooner to replace the equipment.  So, if you spend that bit extra to start with.  Then your child will get a lot more use out of their sporting equipment.  Thus, saving you money overall. Sports-for-boys Playing sports is a fun and exciting time in a child’s life.  Plus, it’s a great way for them to stay active, build self confidence and learn important social skills.  So, if your financial situation is preventing your child from participating.  Then, hopefully implementing some of the ideas above will help you get started.

Also, Australian Sports Camps run Sports Camps.  Moreover, sports camps are a great way for your child to trial sports.  And, see what they enjoy, before you heavily invest in equipment. Check out our camps here.

Motivating Your Child to Play Sport can be problematic at times.  However, I think all parents would agree that getting children into playing sport has many positive benefits.  It keeps them fit and active; encourages social interaction and teamwork; builds confidence; and promotes independence. Also, studies show that kids who play sport are less likely to become obese, abuse drugs and alcohol and perform poorly in school.  Moreover, learning to compete at a young age helps prepare kids for the demands of adult life.  Including, the ability to cope with both success and failure. Above all else playing sport as a kid is heaps of fun! So, what if your daughter or son seems less enthusiastic or motivated than you would like them to be? Or, is not giving it their all while playing? As parents it can be hard to know how to approach the situation without being too pushy and we often find ourselves asking the questions: Should I push my child to play sport? How much should I push them? How do I push them in a positive way? Here we will offer some suggestions and guidance on how you may wish to handle this difficult and confusing situation.

Should You Push Your Child To Play Sport?

The first thing you need to look at when motivating your child at sport is to focus on the reason you’re doing it. Are you doing it for them or for yourself? Maybe it was your dream as a kid to play at the top professional level of your chosen sport. A dream that was never fulfilled. If you are trying to live out your childhood dream through your own child and this is the motivation behind your pushiness and not because your son or daughter really wants it for themselves, then the answer is a definite no. If instead your child is showing interest in a particular sport, then a little encouragement can be a positive thing. Sometimes a child may want to play a sport but can be quite shy or apprehensive to try something new and challenging. If that is the case, then some positive nudging in the right direction is what they might need. It’s also important that kids learn to stick at things and see them through. If your child commits to playing a sport but wants to quit after a couple of games then it’s okay to push them to finish out the season. Teaching kids not to give up easily is a great life lesson, especially if they have other teammates relying on them. how-parents-can-encourage-kids-into-sports

How Much Should I Push Them?

The answer to this question will be different for each child and parent. You know your child better than anyone and therefore will know how much pushing, or gentle nudging your child will need and more importantly can handle. Kids need to learn that it’s okay to feel uncomfortable now and then and this is when parental nudges are necessary. It’s important that they learn to step outside their comfort zone, try new things and work hard for what they want. Trying and learning new things can be scary but when your child gets a taste of what it’s like to reap the rewards of their hard work, then hopefully it will ignite their own motivation to push themselves to succeed. You can’t push your child to be motivated, this has to come from within them. It’s okay to push your child to take the first step, to have a go at something new and challenging, to try their very best and not to give up easily. However, be careful not to push them too hard that they end up hating the sport and resenting you. Always emphasise the importance of trying above all else.

How Do I Push Them In A Positive Way?

Pushing your child in their sport doesn’t have to be a bad thing, positive pushing can actually be beneficial to your child. Negative pushing comes in the form of comparison, bribery, nagging and shaming, whereas positive or constructive pushing looks quite different.

Constructive Ideas to Motivate Your Children to Play Sport

Here are some constructive ways to push your child in sport:

  1. While at home or the park, ask your child if they’d like to practice working on some skills or techniques. If they say no, then accept it and don’t push it any further. Try this regularly without any pressure.  So, they know you’re there for help and support.
  2. Make sure that you praise them for all the hard work they put in, regardless of the outcome. This lets your child know that you are proud of them for trying their best.  And, that you love and support them whether they win or lose.
  3. Try to be at as many of their games as you can.  All kids want their parents to be proud of them.  Plus, your presence at the game will push them to try harder.  Moreover, it shows your support for them.
  4. Asking the right questions shows that you’re interested in them without feeling like they are being pressured. How did you feel about the game today? How did training go? What is your goal in this sport? When your child talks, just listen and respect their answers, even if you don’t agree. Allowing them to open up and have their own goals and opinions will help build your child’s confidence and motivation.

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Summary

Playing sport has many amazing benefits for children.  So, if your child is interested in playing a particular sport, then by all means give them the opportunity to get involved.  Plus, show your support and encouragement and give a little positive nudging when needed.  However, please remember, as a kid, sport should be fun.  So, if your child is having fun and enjoys playing without feeling too pressured.  Then, they’re more likely to want to keep playing and will develop their own motivation to succeed.

Lastly, if you want to get your child more involved in Sport.  Then, Australian Sports Camps provides 3 day sports camps for all major Australian sports. Find out more here.  There’s something to tempt even the most reluctant sports player.

Wondering how to get your kids into playing soccer?  This guide, will give you some practical ideas. Soccer is played in in more than 200 countries around the world and is now officially the most played sport in Australia. According to a survey conducted by the the Australian Sports Commission, 1,104,815 Australians participated in soccer in 2016, that’s over 400,000 more participants than AFL (665,470 participants) and four times as many as Rugby League (236,593 participants). Also, soccer is the perfect game for kids. It’s all inclusive and can be played by both boys and girls of any height, strength or speed. Soccer is an easy sport to learn and play, and involves continuous action and running, so is a great form of exercise. Communication and cooperation are vital for playing soccer and passing the ball, which makes it the ideal sport for improving kids social skills and teaching them all about teamwork and fairplay. Soccer is a contact sport but is not a collision sport, which makes it relatively safe compared to a lot of other team sports, especially other forms of football. This fact alone is a major reason for parents choosing to get their kids started in soccer over other sports. There is no right age to start your child in soccer and your child will usually let you know if and when it’s something they’d like to try. Below we have given you some helpful information on how to get your child into soccer at different ages and what to expect. Fun-Soccer-Training-Drills

Ages 5-7

At this age soccer should be all about fun. So, if your 5-7 year old is asking to play soccer.  Then, find them a team that allows them the time and space to enjoy kicking the ball around.  Sure, it’s important that they start to learn the rules of the game.  But, rule enforcement should be a lot more lenient at this age.  Plus, place greater emphasis on learning how to kick the ball.  As well as, getting a feel for the game and working as a team. Teams at this younger level will generally be smaller.  And, usually with only four players on the field during a game and no goalkeeper. The game will be shorter.  With, the halves usually only going for 15 minutes.  Also, at this age we have to remember how little they still are.  And,  you don’t want them getting bored or tired of playing soccer before they’ve had a chance to develop their love for playing.

Ages 8-9

Some experts believe that 8 years old is the ideal age for kids to start playing soccer in a competitive team environment.  However, the reality is that lots of kids, by the age of 8-9 ,have been already playing in a soccer team for 2-3 years. So, if your 8-9 year old is just showing an interest in joining a soccer team.  Then, don’t let this fact discourage them from playing.  Also, chances are they have been kicking the soccer ball around at school.  Plus, on weekends with friends for a while.  And, so they’ll already have a good understanding of the game. Furthermore, this is the age group that soccer practice and games really begin to change.  Firstly, there’ll be more players on the field during the game.  Usually 6 a side and a goalkeeper.  Also, the length of the game extends to 20-25 minutes for each half. Furthermore, the game introduces additional rules, with less leniency for breaking them. This helps the players to refine their skills.  And, prepare them for when they get to the higher levels of the sport.  However, there should always be an emphasis on fun.  Which, is an important thing to look for when choosing a team. How-To-Teach-Soccer-To-Beginners

Ages 10-12

This is the age where coaches really focus on providing a solid foundation of technical skill. 10-12 year old children are ready for a more structured approach to training.  But, it’s still important to remember that under 12’s also need a good dose of fun.  As, this will keep them engaged in the sport. The number of players allowed on the field increases to 9 a side at 10 years old.  Then, up to 11 a side at 12 years.  Also, the length of the game gradually increases.  With, 12 year olds playing full 30 minute halves. For children who are just developing an interest in soccer at this age, it’s important to find them a team and coach who are willing to embrace their limited playing experience.  Providing extra support to help them to develop their skills and knowledge of the game.

Ready To Start Playing?

If your child is showing a real enthusiasm for playing soccer, then a Soccer Camp would be a great way to develop their skills in a fun environment. Australian Sports Camps run 3 day Soccer Camps for 6-16 year olds with structured but fun programs for each age level. The program design covers all facets of soccer.  And, will improve skills and maximise enjoyment.   Also, they’re run by experienced coaches, with guest appearances by leading Australian soccer players.  Giving your child the added opportunity of meeting their sporting idols.

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