Proteas legends give advice on how to keep active during the holidays
KFC Mini-Cricket encourages young boys and girls to keep active throughout the year, especially during the festive holiday break. Proteas players David Miller and JP Duminy agree that it is important for young boys and girls to keep active and have shared some top tips on how they suggest the kids can do that during this summer break.
“The holiday period is often a time to put your feet up and relax. With the kids being out of their school routines it’s even more imperative to get them outside and stimulated through getting active.” said Duminy.
Proteas batsman David Miller shared the same sentiment as JP as he was reminded of his very own childhood growing up KwaZulu Natal. “We would always be running around in our back garden, or at the beach. Being active forms an important part of your learning and skills development. As kids we would always play outside with friends. We would find different games to play which included a lot of running around and that would keep us out of trouble for many hours,” he shared.
For Miller, being from a big family for him meant they would get together during the holidays for a game of backyard cricket, soccer or touch rugby with his siblings and family was always on the cards. “As youngsters, we would sometimes play hide and seek or have treasure hunts, it was all very simple back then, but still entertaining.” he added.
When asked for advice on what mothers can do to motivate their kids to stay active during the holidays, Miller shared, “every child is different and has different interests, so it is important for parents and the family to think of ways of keeping the kids active. Parents should encourage kids to get outside and be active with their friends and family.”
“We are very big on keeping our daughter active and often plan excursions and play dates with family and friends to keep kids keep entertained. The holiday season is usually family time, so my advice would be to look for activities that the entire family can enjoy.” he added.
Miller concluded, “one cannot go wrong with a day at the beach or even at a water theme park like Ushaka Marine world. “If you are inland there are always many activities at the zoo, parks or various malls that can stimulate and keep the kids active. If you are at home, a game of KFC Mini-Cricket or tag is always a good idea, even a dip in the pool can be very refreshing.”
Through the KFC Mini-Cricket programme, KFC has managed to offer kids with the critical building blocks to learn cricketing basics and entrenching important life lessons. The programme allows teachers at schools to offer a cricket sporting programme, even with basic fields and facilities. This is to make sure that kids are playing their way, getting active and that the educational lessons of commitment to participation are learnt and adopted way beyond just the game.
For more information on KFC Mini-Cricket visit www.kfcminicricket.co.za or contact CSA at (011) 880 – 2810.
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