Sprinter Molly Scott, Ireland’s 60m National Champion, launched the Irish Life Health Athletics Summer Camps, with National High Jump Champion Daena Kealy, and thrower Rory Gunning, National Javelin Champion. Registration is now open for the camps, which provide boys and girls aged six to 12 with the chance to be active and have fun trying out the three main athletics disciplines: running, jumping and throwing.
Children can try activities from sprinting, javelin, hurdles, shot putt, long jump, walk and relays. This range of activities helps children to develop the fundamental movement skills of agility, balance and coordination. There is the added benefit that these skills also form an ideal base for all other sporting activity.
Speaking at the announcement, Molly Scott, who was a member of the 4x100m Irish team that secured a historic silver at the World Junior Championships last summer, said: “The athletics camps will provide children with a chance to develop many aspects of their physical abilities, such as speed, agility and balance. They can also enjoy the fun and excitement of relays.”
Liz Rowen, head of marketing, Irish Life Health said: “As official partner to Athletics Ireland we are proud to be providing children with the opportunity to have fun, be active and try athletics during the school holidays while also improving the movement skills.”
Hamish Adams, CEO of Athletics Ireland said: “Each year, we offer more camps nationwide providing primary school children with the chance to try athletics and for those already in clubs to enjoy a week full of running, jumping and throwing. We are delighted to have Irish Life Health on board this year as our partner.”
Over 20 Athletics Ireland Summer Camps will be in 13 counties nationwide. To book a place for your child, visit athleticsireland.ie/clubs/summercamps
Early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.
Camps are open to children aged six to 12 and are priced at €60 for one week with a €10 discount for each additional family member. Camps run Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm daily.
On the final day of each camp, every child will be presented with a medal and a certificate in recognition of their efforts. Each child will go home with a t-shirt, spike bag and water bottle.