Games galore at kids activity day

Life isn't all fun and games, but today it certainly has been for 60 children taking part in the EA Networks Centre's kids activity day.

Organised by staff at the Centre in response to the teachers strike day happening across the country, the activity day has provided an option for Mid-Canterbury parents who didn't have somewhere for their children to go if they couldn't be at school.

"We've had tennis and circuit games running this morning, followed by swimming, and then after lunch we've got basketball and other games planned in the stadium. The kids have loved it and have really been looking forward to the pool," Niall Young, Aquatic Supervisor at the Centre said. Niall is also the ideas-man who first thought of holding the activity day.

"It's tough on parents to find a solution last minute. I've seen after-school programmes happening in other districts, and that's what got me thinking about an activity day here when parents really need it. We only announced the day would be happening last week, and by Sunday, it was booked out, so it's been great."

Tennis matches inside the stadium proved popular during the morning, and after laying down the ground rules to stay safe in the pool, the kids got their togs on and were in for a splash in the leisure and kids pools, before settling in for lunch and some final games before home time.​

"It's been great to get the day organised. It's worked out really well," Niall said.

Making a splash in the EA Networks Centre pools on the teacher strike day.

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Page reviewed: 15 Aug 2018 3:06pm