Delta Gymnastics’ Active Start program combines fun with physical literacy

Delta Gymnastics has redesigned its Active Start program to give the community’s youngest members the best chance to learn new skills using active play as a guide.

The program has been reinvigorated to focus even more on individual age groups with games developed specifically for varying age levels. What hasn’t changed is how the Active Start program encourages a child’s love of movement and prepares them for a lifetime of physical activity.

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Delta Gymnastics believes in teaching with play in mind. In the Active Start program, children build physical literacy skills that will become the basis for all sports in a fun and exciting environment.

A sampling of classes include Parent and Tot for children aged 18 months to three years, New 3’s and Fantastic 4 and 5’s.

“Creating an active and healthy population begins with children gaining confidence and learning fundamental movement skills at an early age,” says Richard Woo, Delta Gymnastics’ developmental coordinator. “Children develop physical literacy skills by running, jumping, catching and throwing which in turn develop the ABCs of sport: agility, balance and coordination.”

Gym circuits include activities and ideas that change every two weeks to keep things fresh and creative. Active Start has incorporated more music and rhythm into its program as well as team building.

“Active Start is not just about parallel play but builds social interaction where children play together as a team,” says Erin Sandland, Active Start Coach.

Fall classes begin Sept. 7.

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