In a new concept for Malta, SportsKidz will introduce a variety of sporting activities to children aged 3–16 to promote a more active and healthier lifestyle. “SportsKidz will offer lots of fun and games for children aged 3-16 years, who can try out at least 14 different sports over the course of a scholastic year and take part in weekly themed team activities,” explains its founder Edward Mercieca. “This isn’t just a concept for children who love sports already, but one that will encourage all children to find a sport they love and to be more active.”
As an after-school activity club, the initiative will invite children to try a range of different team and individual sports. The SportsKidz school year has been designed to run concurrently with the normal academic year, divided into three terms and complementing school hours.
With classes capped at 17 pupils and divided according to age, the length of each class depends on the age of the children in each group. The youngest group (for those between three and five years of age) will enjoy one-and-a-half hours of physical activity per week. Those aged six years and over work in three separate age groups of six-to-eight years of age, nine-to-11 years and 12+, attending weekly classes lasting three hours. These sessions are structured into three sections, starting with an hour of traditional team sports such as handball, basketball or volleyball, then an hour of individual sports such as gymnastics, athletics or martial arts, before the final hour of team-building activities.
SportsKidz officially kicks off with its first term-date on Friday 5 October, with classes running from 5pm-8pm at Santa Theresa Secondary School in Mriehel. There will also be Saturday morning classes from 10am-1pm at the National Sports School in Pembroke, and on Saturday afternoons from 2.30pm-5.30pm at Mosta Secondary School Zokrija in Mosta. Application is by calling 7942 2054 and the official website.