Held each October school holidays, Growing for Gold offers local kids an easy way to learn about sport and find their passion.
Daniel Weston, Coach at Playford Athletics Centre, said the program is perfect for kids discovering sport for the first time.
“We can work with kids on basic skills at first before they step into playing a team sport like soccer, they have the chance to grow their skills,” he said.
Along with nine other clubs, Playford Athletics Centre is taking part of this year’s Growing for Gold Program – a free initiative that provides come and try sessions for young people stepping into sport for the first time.
Mr Weston said it is encouraging to see families returning this year.
“There are a lot who do come back, and it is great to see they enjoy the experience. It is great to see kids finding their strengths and learning what they are good at. One kid said to me ‘running is not for me, I am saving all my energy for jumping’, so it is that attitude and knowing they have that drive which makes them achieve their personal best,” he said.
Mr Weston said playing sport is a great way for kids to learn.
“Sport is good for kids because it is keeping them active for one and then it is the social aspect of team sports… and having fun. Some kids might find it hard to learn in the classroom but when they come out here, they are in the open and they find it easier to learn,” he said.
The program is designed for people aged 3 to 16 of all skill levels to be introduced to a variety of sports in a safe and encouraging environment.