Mini movers set for take-off


The ever popular Mini Movers – a fundamentals programme for three-and-four-year-olds – is set to kick off again next month at the Waitaki Community Recreation Centre.

The programme is designed to introduce children to a range of foundational skills which create movement pathways, enabling them to learn complex sequences as they develop, supporting sound co-ordination.

Twyla Kingan, who runs the sessions alongside Sport Waitaki’s Kate Cartwright, said she enjoys seeing the youngsters develop their movement and confidence.

“It is fantastic when you see the progress the children make. Their confidence improves hugely and to know the skills they are learning will be applied to various settings as they progress into sports and activities is great,” she said.

The Mini Movers programme was created last year due to a shortage of classes for preschoolers prior to beginning structured sport.

“We take the fundamental skills, introduce them at a basic level and then apply these to modified sporting settings,” said Cartwright.

“Along with lots of great equipment and some music, we aim to make the sessions fun and enjoyable for all the children who come along.”

Classes for three-year-olds will commence on March 5 and four-year -olds on March 7, with both classes running from 9.10am to 9.55am.

The six-week programme costs $25.00. Places are limited and filling up quickly. To register, visit the Waitaki Community Recreation Centre website at



YOUNG TALENT: The ‘Mini Movers’ programme will kick off at the beginning of March.

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