At least two in three Australian children are not meeting the physical activity recommendation of 30-60 minutes of moderate activity each day, according to a recent report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and Australian Bureau of Statistics.
COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns have had a negative impact on children’s activity levels around the country, especially when it comes to organised sports. The upcoming National Children’s Week, from 23 – 31 October, celebrates children enjoying their childhood and reminds parents to ensure they’re providing their kids with lots of opportunity to stay active and make friends in their local community.
With an influx of new residents from the southern states, Noosa Leisure Centre coordinator Cathy wants to ensure all locals, old and new, are aware of the range of affordable and accessible options available to young people in the Noosa area.
“Noosa Leisure Centre is an amazing Council-run facility that provides local parents and their kids with a place to stay active and meet other families in a fun and welcoming environment. There’s something for every age and ability from Tutu Cute Dance classes for children aged 2 – 5-years, right through to Aussie Hoops for junior basketballers,” Cathy said.
Local mum, Belinda McGree has two kids who have played soccer throughout their primary school years. Her kids loved soccer so much she decided to start a class for pre-school aged kids to help them develop their ball skills in the lead up to starting school.
“Playing a team sport has been so positive for my son and daughter. They’ve made great friends, grown in confidence and become great little soccer players along the way. The kids who come to Kiddie Kicks at the Noosa Leisure Centre pick up so many important skills like teamwork and communication, that prepare them for starting primary school,” Belinda said.
Noosa Leisure Centre offers fun, out-of-the-box activities for kids from baby sensory classes, kids’ soccer and dance, through to basketball for young teens, there is fun available for all ages.
“Noosa Leisure Centre is so much more than a place to stay active. Families who use our facility make life-long friends, and parents of young kids find a place where they can enjoy a quiet cup of coffee while their kids safely climb, jump, swing, bounce and balance in the Kids’ Playroom,” Cathy said.
For more information phone 5329 6550 or visit www.noosaleisurecentre.com.au