Ready Steady Go Kids Rockhampton program instructor Anthea Lavers and 2 and-a-half years old Aleiah Allardice are excited for the open day this weekend.
Ready Steady Go Kids Rockhampton program instructor Anthea Lavers and 2 and-a-half years old Aleiah Allardice are excited for the open day this weekend. Amy Haydock

Children's fitness classes perfect fit for Rockhampton

MULTI SPORTS: Fitness devotees Anthea Lavers and Shaun Curtis are giving parents and their young children fresh, new options to get fit and active in CQ.

After realising that local mums on an online forum were having trouble finding planned activities for their young children, Lavers and Curtis did some research and stumbled upon fitness program Ready Steady Go Kids.

Ready Steady Go Kids is a physio-designed, multi-sports program which offers soccer, tennis, hockey, Aussie rules, cricket, athletics, basketball, rugby, golf and tee-ball and is for children aged two-and-a-half to six years old.

Lavers said the program will run over 10-week terms, with five sports offered each term and is designed to teach children the importance of stretching and warming up as well as balance, co-ordination and throwing.

"We noticed a lack of activities in the local area and the idea of a sports program really appealed to us," Lavers said

"We looked into Ready Steady Go Kids and decided it was the perfect opportunity."

The couple will start offering Ready Steady Go Kids classes in Rockhampton in term one on Monday, with plans to also run the program in Yeppoon, Gladstone and Emerald in the near future.

Their aim is to arm pre-schoolers with all the skills they need to get started on making sport a real part of their lives.

"We want to see happy, healthy children," Lavers said. "We would like to build a good relationship with other sporting bodies in central Queensland so that when children finish our program they can transfer straight into sports of their choice and have great sportsmanship skills."

Currently run at more than 90 locations throughout Australia, classes are focused on helping kids develop a lifelong love for physical activity in a welcoming, fun environment.

The program covers the fundamentals of 10 different sports while developing age-appropriate motor skills.

Kids also learn about the concept of sportsmanship by taking turns, playing by the rules and co-operating with their teammates.

"There are so many benefits to the program," Lavers said.

"Not only are children introduced to sport and physical activity, we also teach elements such as colours, letters, counting and shapes without the children even realising that they are learning as they are playing sport.

"These skills make it easier for the children to transition to school and other sports."

For families that would like to experience a class before signing up for the program, Ready Steady Go Kids will be hold an Open Day at Hegvold Stadium on Sunday from 9am to 11am.

For more information on the Ready Steady Go Kids program, classes and more, phone 1300 766 892 or visit online at www.readysteadygokids.com.au.



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