A NEW sporting initiative being introduced for kids in Aberdeen will see local youngsters become active jet setters this April – without having to leave the city.
Sport Aberdeen’s Active Schools team – which is responsible for implementing activities in schools and the community to help encourage youngsters to participate in sports – have devised the ‘Pas-Sport’ scheme, which will give children the opportunity to take part in various sports during school holidays.
The programme will entail kids getting involved in a host of sporting sessions – held at Sport Aberdeen venues throughout the city – and will initially take place during the upcoming Easter break, with the scheme continuing during this year’s Summer and October breaks.
As part of the initiative, each participant will be given a ‘Pas-Sport’ when they attend their first session, and will then have the document stamped each time they take part in an activity.
The aim is for children to get as many stamps as possible over the holidays and prizes will be awarded when individuals reach certain milestones – for example, if a child receives 25 stamps they will receive a family swimming pass.
The ‘Pas-Sport’ will be made up of 12 sports – including basketball, tennis, trampolining and ice-skating – with each activity being linked to a specific country and a sport and famous athlete or team associated with the nation.
Sessions are led by trained coaches and cost only £3 per hour, with one or two hour sessions available.
Graeme Dale, of Active Schools Aberdeen, is looking forward to giving youngsters the chance to have fun through participating in popular and active sports.
He said: “This is a fantastic and fun way of encouraging children to take part in a wide range of different sporting activities.
“Giving youngsters their very own ‘Pas-Sports’ to get stamped adds a real sense of achievement for them and with various milestones set out along the way, there will always be an incentive to reach their next goal.
“We hope that this will prove to be a popular initiative for children during their holidays, and look forward to kicking the scheme off during the Easter break.”
Sport Aberdeen took responsibility for delivering the core sport, physical recreation and sports development provision across the city in 2010. The charitable trust provides a wide range of leisure and sports facilities, as well as activity programmes for all ages, interest groups and levels of participation.
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