Bringing sport to the kids

Zoe KeenanSouth Western Times
Scout Manuel, 4, and Calli Johnson, 5, hoola hooping at this week's sports program.
Camera IconScout Manuel, 4, and Calli Johnson, 5, hoola hooping at this week's sports program. Credit: Zoe Keenan

For some home schooled children accessing sports can be hard, particularly in regional towns.

A new initiative, and a first in the region, is bringing sport to home schooled children in Donnybrook who do not have access to school-run sports.

The program, run by the Donnybrook Recreation Centre, started in response to the big home school population in the region.

Centre manager Monica Greenland said already the program had received huge interest with more than 20 children attending every week.

“I knew we had a very vibrant home school community and I felt there was nothing on offer for them to do sports at a time that suited them within their schooling schedule,” Ms Greenland said.

As well as providing an avenue to sport and physical activity for the children, Ms Greenland said it was an avenue for children to build friendships within their community, as well as parents within the home school community.

The program offers a range of mainstream sports from basketball, swimming and soccer, to more non-traditional sports such as yoga and rollerskating.

Ms Greenland said the program was suitable for all ages and all skill levels.

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