Playing a sport from a young age has many benefits. Other than keeping fit and learning new skills, kids can also pick up other crucial values such as teamwork, leadership and self-discipline. So, get them off those devices and sign them up for one of these sport activities for kids.
J H Kim Taekwondo Institute
J H Kim Taekwondo Institute has three main classes for kids: Taekwon Tots (three to five years), T-Kids (five to 10 years) and Teen-Kwondo (14 years and above). Toddler classes have a teacher-student ratio of 1:5, while subsequent levels (including adults) have a teacher-student ratio of 1:8. Kids can benefit both physically and mentally through the sport, as it strengthens the body, and develops self-control and self-discipline. The Institute also teaches classes in kummooyeh, an ancient art of Korean swordsmanship that includes cutting, sparring, traditional archery and meditation. In addition, students have many opportunities to take part in competitions, both poomsae and kyorugi.
If your kids are keen to compete on a regular basis, they can try out for the competition teams that take part in local and international championships throughout the year. Note that being in these teams involve a high level of commitment and rigour, with up to four extra sessions each week, in addition to regular classes.
Dragons Rugby Club Singapore
Dragons Rugby Club Singapore offers training sessions for U5 to U17 age groups and girls touch rugby teams in U10, U12 and U14 divisions. The non-profit club first started as a small group of U9 boys eight years ago and has grown to have over 450 boys and girls. The teams have a good mix of nationalities and students from different schools and they train on Saturdays at UWC South East Asia (East campus). The club enters local and international tournaments, as well as actively participates in the Junior Rugby Clubs Singapore (JRCS) league. Majority of the 50 coaches are qualified to a minimum World Rugby Level 1 Coaching Certificate and are very passionate about the sport.
The goal of the sessions is to introduce the basics of the game from an early age while having fun, including catching and passing, running with the ball, attack and defence, and communication. The coaches also spend time working on individual skills and teaching the group important skills that they require to play as a team. The older age groups play a mixture of 7s, 10s and 15s rugby.
British Football Academy Singapore
The British Football Academy Singapore (BFA) offers fun sessions for kids aged two to 12 years. The coaching team is led by British coaches Dave Phelps and Andy Gillespie, who have years of experience in professional football in England. For the littlest in your brood, enrol them in Little Lions programme (for kids aged two to four), which is great for picking up fundamental movement skills such as agility, balance and coordination. After that, they can join the BFA Academy programme. Besides learning the sport, children also get to meet other children and interact with them in a team environment.
All children have the opportunity to play in a team that competes in the JSSL National Youth Football League. They’re also able to participate in international tournaments in countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam.
Kids will love the Flight Academy and Kindergym classes at BOUNCE Singapore, which are suitable both for beginners and advanced jumpers. The Flight Academy programme offers group, term-based classes for children with a minimum height of 110cm. The classes focus on developing the correct technique, ensuring the kids are safe as they pick up more advanced skills. During each session, jumpers have dedicated one-on-one coaching time with the coach plus time to try out their new moves on their own. For little ones aged three to five, KinderGym classes are ideal. They’re taught by specially trained coaches, and offer a good mix of fun and learning, helping kids build self-expression and confidence.
During the school holidays, the trampoline parks also organises camps where kids will be able to learn basic skills and make new friends.
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