Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Fun with fencing and futsal at the ASB Sports Centre

NEWS RELEASE

25 January 2013

Fun with fencing and futsal at the ASB Sports Centre

Local youngsters looking to learn new sports skills will be excited to hear about two great new coaching clinics – for futsal and fencing – on at Wellington’s ASB Sports Centre during the first school term this year.

Futsal is a South American variant of indoor football played in a smaller area than usual with a small, low-bounce ball. While it might be unfamiliar to many New Zealanders, it’s actually the world’s fastest growing indoor sport – and it’s now both FIFA and New Zealand Football’s approved version of five-aside football.

ASB Sports Centre Manager Craig Hutchings says futsal can be an invaluable tool for the development of creative young footballers. “This is a sport that’s been cited by football greats like Pele, Ronaldhino and Lionel Messi as key factors in their development. It’s a great way to rapidly improve one-touch passing, ball-control skills and quick-thinking.”

The nine-week coaching programme is being run by Capital Futsal, with sessions on Tuesdays and Sundays during term one (19 February until 16 April).

Tuesday sessions will run from 4–5pm (with classes for girls only, and a mixed programme for children aged 7–10); on Sundays the clinics will run from 9.30–10.30am, with mixed classes split between children aged 4–6 and 7–10.

The cost is $67.50 for the whole term – with casual $8 sessions available if space allows. To book, go to www.Wellington.govt.nz or phone the ASB Sports Centre on 830 0500.

If futsal doesn’t appeal to your child – why not suggest they have a go at fencing?

The upcoming 10-week junior fencing programme at the ASB Sports Centre is the perfect introduction to this age-old sport and kids will have a chance to learn from Commonwealth Games gold medallist Ping Yuan.

According to Ping, fencing is a competition of physical strength, courage and stamina – for the brain and the body. “It suits kids who like to be challenged in their thinking, and those who don’t want to run after a ball. In fencing, you'll often find the kids who haven't found their niche in other sports.”

As well as representing New Zealand at the highest level, Ping is an international coach and in 2011 received Fencing New Zealand Federation’s coach of the year award. She wants to use her experience and knowledge to introduce young people to fencing and help them attain the success and enjoyment she has gained from the sport.

Ping’s coaching sessions will be on at the ASB Sports Centre every Thursday during term (4–5pm, 14 February–18 April) and open to young people aged up to 16. Sessions cost $10 and places are strictly limited. For further information or to book, phone Ping on 021 059 2558 or 567 4984 or email rainbowfencing@hotmail.com

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

InternetNZ On Snowden Docs: Mass Collection Of Pacific Data Affects Kiwi Holidaymakers

The allegation that New Zealand has conducted mass data harvesting on its Pacific Island neighbours raises concerns about New Zealanders’ communications being collected, says InternetNZ.

“If the allegations are correct, then New Zealand would be mining data about everyone in the Pacific Islands named in the allegations. That’s everyone. Not just individuals who attract specific surveillance warrants, but everyone. This means local residents to visiting Kiwi tourists could be having their data collected." More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Teina Pora Wins Appeal: Gordon Campbell On The Privy Council Decision

The quashing of the convictions of Teina Pora for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett in 1992 has shone a spotlight once again on a major gap in the New Zealand justice system... More>>

ALSO:

Urgent Bill Planned: MP Pay Rises To Match Public Service

Prime Minister John Key today announced an overhaul of the Remuneration Authority Act, tying MP salaries to those of the wider public sector, which will be passed under urgency. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: MP Pay Rises, Solid Energy, Iraq

Prime Minister John Key answered questions in his Post-Cabinet press conference about the Iraq deployment, Solid Energy and National’s decision to overhaul the Remuneration Authority Act. More>>

ALSO:

Worksafe: MSD Charged Over Work And Income Ashburton Shooting

WorkSafe NZ has laid one charge against the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) in relation to the shooting at the MSD Ashburton office on 1 September 2014 in which two Work and Income staff were killed and another was injured. More>>

ALSO:

Iraq: Ex-Hostage Says Government Not Putting NZers, Iraqis First

Harmeet Singh Sooden is travelling to Iraq in the coming weeks to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) on a short-term assignment. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting

Prime Minister Key warmly welcomed Prime Minister Abbott and Mrs Abbott to New Zealand. The visit has enabled wide-ranging and substantive discussion that has underlined the strength, value, diversity and warmth of our trans-Tasman relationship. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: Peters To Stand In Northland By-Election

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has announced his intention to stand in the Northland by-election, citing his own links to the electorate and ongoing neglect of the region by central government. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news