Mini Athletics Hull & East Riding opened it’s doors last month, September 2019. It has been launched by the parents of 2 young girls who are passionate about getting children active and interested in sport from an early age. The classes are designed to get kids active, healthy, interacting with each other and hopefully grow a love for sport, as well as making use of all that boundless energy. They are the only athletics based children’s class in the area, it develops all core skills – running, jumping and throwing – the foundation of all sports which can help children go on to do various sports as well as athletics.
They came along to my Mumbler Fun Day in September and my children really enjoyed their taster sessions so we decided to book in for a class and see what it was like. First class is FREE so you can go along and see if it’s something your child likes before committing to a block.
We picked their Anlaby Sunday morning class, held at Hull Collegiate School in their sports hall and I took my just turned 5 year old daughter. There was lots of parking opposite and the hall was good and well equipped.
Coach Andy was being helped by Coach Jordan and both were really friendly, enthusiastic and great with the kids. My daughter is always shy at first and doesn’t like going in on her own to things, all the other children in the class ran in at the start of the session but she held back nervously. The coaches were absolutely fine with her sitting on my knee while we learned what we’d be doing, did some stretches and then for me to run the first warm ups with her (a bit of exercise for me!). After 5 minutes she had decided I could sit down and watch and she was fine with the coaches and other kids!
Each week has a theme, this week was Space. The children firstly did a game where they were planets chasing around the sun and had to catch each other, this was really good for fitness and stamina as they did a lot of running! They did another game with domes to throw them and build a space ship. Then they did some high jump and long jump skills and started learning to throw a javelin (this week it was a soft rocket). They ended with some running races and obstacle courses, she absolutely loved smashing through the finish line on these!
There was a real mix of skills – running (both speed and stamina distances), throwing and catching, and jumping – basically everything they need to be able to do any sport. I felt my daughter was getting a good active session and being very healthy, as well as learning skills that she will need for any sports she decides to do. It was a refreshing change to not just be at football with my son where its just watching them kick a ball or just dance with my daughter where its just dancing! I enjoyed watching as it was a variety and all the games and skills were great fun.
My daughter came out buzzing and telling me we are going again as she had really enjoyed it! So that’s a big Mumbler thumbs up for Mini Athletics!
If you want to try a class out they run at the following 5 venues –
Mondays – Nuffield Health and Fitness Club, HU1 2TX,
Tuesdays – David Lloyd Club, HU7 3DB,
Thursdays – All Saints Church Hall, Hessle, HU13 0AD:
All 9.30-10.15am: Didee Athletes (2 – 3.5 yrs), 10.15-11am: Little Athletes (3.5 – 5 yrs).