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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Ready, Set, Go!

A review of Ready Steady Go Kids Singapore.

Are you ready to learn five sports in one term? That's what Australia-based children's programme Ready Steady Go Kids has promised to all who take part in its classes. The company website highlights the following key areas of its programme:

Our high quality, physio-designed programme teaches children the fundamentals of 10 different sports in a fun, non-competitive, team-based environment. This programme is now available to you in Singapore!

Our classes run for 45 minutes and there are 5 sports covered each term. Classes also focus on a specific gross motor, hand-eye/foot-eye and/or balance activity to complement the sport component. Our programme has a structure that is repeated each week so that participants become familiar and comfortable with the routine. 

Ready Steady Go Kids seeks to develop a lifelong passion for physical activity and sport, decrease childhood obesity, increase confidence and prepare children for participation in school and the broader community. 
Ready Steady Go participants gather for a time of warm ups before the session.
It was with great excitement that our two sons Z, aged 4 and E, aged 2, took part in one of the trial sessions. Both boys had recently taken part in another sports class, and were eager to also try their hand at learning something new.
The boys doing some stretching exercises in preparing for the class.
2yo E does a couple of hand rotation exercises. In the background, our older son Z is also
getting ready for the games!
And the sport of the day happened to be athletics, so both boys got into the groove for a circuit of sports activities.
The high jump. Children were encouraged to jump as far as they could through the use of brightly-coloured discs.
4yo Z trying out the shot put. He was rather enthusiastic
in listening to the coach.
Daddy helping out. Classes are parent-accompanied so that the children
 can continue learning long after the class has ended.
Part of athletics training also includes an obstacle course for the children
to learn motor skills coordination and other important physical skills.
Our happy boy with Coach Chanel.
In all,the children had a great time learning about the ins and outs of athletics. There were also ample opportunities to practice the various aspects of the sport. The strength of the Ready Steady Go programme allows children to explore the ten sports taught - football, tennis, basketball, hockey, golf, Aussie Rules Football, rugby, athletics, cricket and T-ball - and subsequently make a decision as to what they enjoy best. Our opinion is that at such a young age, it is definitely a good move to allow your child an opportunity to explore what he or she likes best. We believe that as the child is gradually exposed to the different sports, it would soon be apparently which one he or she prefers. Parents can then make the educated decision of how best to pursue the child's sports education.

Note: This is a review arranged between Ready Steady Go Kids Singapore and Parenting on Purpose. Z and E attended a complimentary lesson for the purpose of writing this review. All opinions expressed here are our own.

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