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Sport’s cancelled. Now what?

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There are lots of ways kids can keep up their sports skills and stay active!
17 April 2020

Sport is a big part of thousands of kids’ lives.

Like so many things in 2020, how we help kids stay active has changed at the moment, but don’t worry – there’s lots of great new innovative ways to get kids out from behind the screens and moving!

Many of our fantastic sports organisations are producing online videos to help kids stay in contact with their sport community as well as keep their skills up while we are all staying at home.

Here are some of the ones we’ve found:

Backyard PB

Little Athletics SA are bringing everything your kids love about athletics to your very own backyard with their online Backyard PB program.

Throughout April they are sharing weekly athletics activities your kids can do at home. Participants can win medals, digital certificates and badges.

Check out the activities on the Little Athletics SA Facebook page.

Cricket Blast

Cricket Australia’s Cricket Blast app has great backyard activities to keep kids aged 5 to 10 active and learning the skills of cricket.

The app is free and can be downloaded from the app store or Google Play Store.

Netball

Netball lovers can still attend school holiday clinics – online!

Netfit Netball has live, real time online programs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until 22 May.

The program includes netball specific workouts, skills, fitness, nutrition and cooking hacks, wellbeing and recovery workshops as well as the chance to ask an elite netballer your questions.

Hockey at home

Hockey might usually take place in a wide-open field, but thanks to the team at Hockey Australia, you can keep up your skills in your own backyard!

Every day Hockey Australia will be uploading a wide variety of hockey content – from your favourite Kookaburra and Hockeyroo players, coaches and other high performance staff.

Check out Hockey Australia’s Facebook page or website for details.

Skills hub

Football Federation Australia has launched their Football Skills Hub to help you master new soccer skills and stay connected with your soccer community. You can progress through different levels of core skills and participate in their #PlayAtHomeChallenge.

Stay Active – Disability Sports Australia

Disability Sports Australia has a host of fun new ways people with a disability can stay active at home. From Chair Yoga to daily fitness workouts for amputees, shoulder mobility exercises and wheelchair HIIT and Zumba, there’s a range of gentle workouts, strength training and cardio to keep people busy and fit.

Disability Sports Australia are continually updating their website.

School Sport SA at home trick shot challenge

Being stuck at home gives kids plenty of time to perfect their trick shot!

It can be anything from golf putting around the lounge room, basketball shots from behind the shed or a footy goal down the corridor (using soft balls of course!)

The competition is open to all South Australian school children. All they need to do is video their ultimate trick shot and send it in to School Sport SA for judging. Some cool School Sport SA merch is up for grabs.

Competition closes 1 May 2020.  

Find out more about the Trick Shot Challenge on the SA School Sports website.

Backyard sports – get creative

You might need to get a bit creative, but there are lots of ways kids can keep up their sports skills and stay active in the house or backyard. Let’s stay sporty SA!