"...So much more than just kicking a ball - Muscle Sprouts embeds the right attitude, commands full participation and fosters life-long skills - both on and off the sporting field."
Mum of Xavier, age 8
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"Muscle Sprouts incorporate elite sports skills and knowledge with classroom based structure." Ed Brenac, Program Director, Muscle Sprouts.
"Muscle Sprouts offer progressive, skill appropriate programs and acceleration options - every participant is included, challenged and works to their best." Alex Jackson, Program Director, Muscle Sprouts.
"From a platform of sport, nutrition and exercise, Muscle Sprouts teaches kids to work together, solve problems and support one another - I couldn't ask for more in a school holiday program." Simon, Dad to Alexander, aged 10.
During the Term 1 school holidays, the Muscle Sprouts team held a comprehensive 5-day program for 5-12 year olds. During this time, the team coached and guided more than 60 children. Of these 60 children, there was a 7 year-old boy (Daniel) who had been enrolled primarily to improve self-confidence and fine-motor skills. At the start of the program, Daniel was hesitant to engage with others and unsure of his abilities.
During the program, the children were taught the rules and skills required to participate in numerous team sports and were encouraged to work together in groups to problem solve obstacle courses, design 3D solutions and celebrate small (and big) wins. Teams were changed at the start of every game and each participant was required to comment favourably on the role each teammate played during the challenge.
At the end of the program, Daniel had made several new friends. He no longer sat in the back and was quick to raise his hand to both ask and answer questions. His mother was over the moon. Needless to say, Daniel's confidence has improved immensely and he plans to return to Muscle Sprouts each and every school holidays. Thank you, Daniel
During Term 2, the Muscle Sprouts team ran an after school clinic for 5-7 year olds. During this clinic, the team coached and guided 12 children for one hour a week on how to play, engage and excel in different sports. Of these 12 children, there was a 6 year old girl (Madeline), who had been enrolled primarily to improve fitness and learn healthy habits and food choices.
During the program, the children were taught the rules and skills required to participate in numerous team sports and were encouraged to work together in groups to problem solve obstacle courses, design 3D solutions and celebrate small (and big) wins. At the start of each week, the children had a brief discussion about healthy eating, healthy living and good choices. At the end of each round, the children were required to answer a series of 3 quick questions and the quickest team got to choose the next activity.
At the end of the 10 week program, Madeline had learnt about different muscle groups in the body, which vegetables and fruits contained essential vitamins and minerals and how to choose a healthy snack from a range of options possibly unhealthy options. Madeline’s mum advised us that her eating habits at home had improved drastically and that she now (for the first time) wanted to participate in her sister’s netball team! Go Maddie!
At the end of 2010, Muscle Sprouts hosted a ‘we’re going to big school now’ preschool party at a day-care in the lower North Shore. This party involved 22 children aged between 4.5 and 5 years.
During the party, the Muscle Sprouts party coach (and assistant) organised a range of games, obstacles and challenges that involved hopping, jumping and diving. Using a range of equipment, the children were challenged to problem-solve together and were asked to build solutions to achieve certain outcomes. What better way to prepare for big-school!
At the end of the session, the children received a Muscle Sprouts participation certificate and sat down to enjoy the well earned piece of farewell cake. Parents and carers alike were impressed with the educational components of the program and the part coach’s ability to involve all ages, skills and sporting preferences.