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Active Children's Programme

Active Children's Programme 

Our Active Children's Winter & Spring 2020 Programmes were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We have organised refunds for missed weeks of the cancelled Winter programme. If you have any queries about a refund, please contact courseenquiries@qub.ac.uk.

We are currently looking into re-opening safely under the latest guidelines from the government. We will update you on our Children's programme and available activities as soon as we have more information on each one restarting again.

 

 

 

 

 

Children's Activity Descriptions

Active Minds This six-week fun-filled body and brain workout will train young minds and bodies to achieve their potential through a mindfulness-based, innovative approach to exercise. The programme is divided into two complementary parts; 40 minutes body training and 20 minutes brain training.  This bespoke training programme is designed to enable 6-12 year olds to develop their potential through increasing their fitness levels, feeling happier, calmer and more fulfilled, learning how to work with partners and in teams, developing skills of focus and concentration, building resilience to cope with stress and anxiety and.supporting performance in sport.

Baby Dance is for your toddler who just can't stop dancing when they hear the beat.  Baby Dance will involve you and your little one dancing, learning and playing together. There is a structure to the class, but time for free movement too.  Each week will dance to action songs and rhythmic songs and learn simple movements.  There will also be a different theme each week, like jungle animals, weather, fairy stories and transport and many more. The fun is endless in this class.  A parent/guardian participation is vital in this class. 

Baby Ballet is a class designed to provide a great early years dance experience. Through ballet exercises and music children will develop coordination, balance, posture and flexibility. Delivered in a professional and safe dance environment. Wear comfortable clothes for you and your children.

Junior Ballet introduces children to the wonderful world of Ballet through basic exercises and the use of music. Children will develop coordination, balance, flexibility and an emphasis will be placed on interpretative skills.

Childrens' Yoga will provide a safe space for children to connect authentically with themselves through physical postures, breathing techniques, mindfulness and relaxation. Developing strength, flexibility (in body and mind) as well as increasing confidence and improving social skills, this class is the ideal introduction for any budding yogis and yoginis.

Tiny Tots Hip Hop introduces your wee one to the world of Hip Hop dance. Using creative play, games and our super cool dance moves, the dancer will learn the fundamentals of dance and movement while developing their confidence and creative skills. They will make lots of friends and have tons of fun along the way!

Gaelic Football Development will allow children to develop and improve the fundamental skills of Gaelic football. Particular focus will spent on improving movement and agility, ball skills and maintaining possession.

Trampolining is an exciting course for children to gain confidence and learn specific skills while giving all children the opportunity to learn and develop proficiency in trampolining. All children will progress from basic jumps to straddle jump, pike jump, half twist, full twist and somersaults throughout the course.

Basketball is a fun and invigorating sport. All children’s courses (Junior and Senior) are designed to develop children’s fundamental athletic ability. The course is well-balanced mix of practice drills and friendly fun games ensuring all children develop skills in foot work, ball handling, dribbling and shooting as well as enhanced self confidence.

Gymnastics The Core Gymnastics course is suitable for primary school children. The course endorsed by British Gymnastics provides a sound framework for the development of core gymnastics skills such as balance, strength, flexibility and co-ordination. The course follows the British Gymnastics proficiency award scheme which allows all children to attain and progress through the eight levels of award for this course.

KinderGym A small group course for pre-school age children and their parents. KinderGym aims to develop your child’s balance, co-ordination, body control and flexibility. The ten week half-hour course will utilize basic gymnastics positions, movement and games – all in a fun and safe environment.  

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and Olympic combat sport. It focuses mainly on strikes, mostly kicks but upper body striking also. It's name means the way of foot and fist and it is one of the most practiced martial arts in the world combining elements of fitness, flexibility, self defense and most importantly fun. There are no pre-requisites to joining our classes and beginners are always welcome!

Toddler Rugby Rugbugz is a very active and engaging rugby themed programme for you ‘little players’, starting from ages 2.5 it allows them to learn through explorative play and games. Our 6 weeks course will cover all the skills of the game appropriate to the age group and using the ‘rugbugz skill card’  parents and players can track how well they are progressing each week.

 

Climbing

Parent + Child Climbing

Age: 3 – End of P1 for the child, unlimited age for the adult/guardian

Duration: 90 mins

Number of classes: 6

Maximum class size: 8 (4 Children + 4 Adults)

This course is a partnership course intended for a parent to learn the basic skills required to directly supervise their own child at Queens PEC climbing wall.

In this class, one instructor teaches the parents skills while the second instructor takes the children climbing. As the classes progress, the parents are encouraged to put into practice what they have learned under the close supervision of the instructors.

The opportunity is also presented for parents to experience climbing.

The expectation is that by the end of this course, parents will be confident in bringing their child to the climbing wall; and know how to correctly fit a harness, tie in and belay their child safely.

Everyone who enrols in class starts at Beginner to Intermediate.

To progress and be considered for Intermediate to Advanced classes, course attendees must undergo a site specific assessment as a Competent Wall User by the Technical Advisor.

Once they have passed this assessment they may graduate to the next class if they choose to do so, they can also remain in the same class if they so wish. As this is the first term to run, anyone who thinks they can belay independently can join the Advanced class and we will move everyone round at the start of the next term.

Primary Child / Secondary Child 

Age Brackets:   P2 – P7 ,  Year 8 – Age 17

Duration: 90 mins

These courses are designed as introduction to safe climbing and cover the basics of a young person coming to a wall and being closely supervised to learn how to use it safely.

Instructors have a very involved role and pay close attention to the class at all times.

Once the children have attained the essential wall skills required they may elect to undergo a small assessment to see if they can move into the next band of class teaching Intermediate to Advanced Skills.

There is no time limit or pressure to move to the next bracket and some children may take months to feel secure enough in their own abilities before trying to shift into the next tier up.

Syllabus includes –

  • Putting on a harness correctly with an instructor checking
  • Belaying another climber up + down with a Gri Gri
  • Belaying is always backed up by an instructor or another climber tailing the rope
  • Tying into the harness with a rope using a rethreaded figure of eight
  • Securing the tie-in further by tying a stopper knot
  • Climbing up to 5+ on a tight top rope
  • Catching Practice is supervised + rope is held by an instructor
  • Catching Practice is done progressively and once per class
  • Basic movement skills
  • Basic rules + Climbing callsigns

Primary Child / Secondary Child 

Age Brackets:   P2 – P7 ,  Year 8 – Age 17 

Duration: 90 mins

The intention of this course is to be able to improve the skills and abilities of the attending students. Instructors have more of a coaching role with the expectation that the students on this course have been assessed as independent wall users by the technical advisor.

There is no limit to how long a student on this course can remain in this bracket, the goal is that as long as they attend this class, there will always be a challenge for them, a skill to develop or something new to learn or experience.

Syllabus includes –

  • Putting on a harness correctly by yourself
  • Belaying another climber up + down with a Manual Braking Device
  • Belaying is no longer backed up by another climber tailing the rope
  • Tying into the harness with a rope using a rethreaded figure of eight and stopper knot smoothly and correctly each time.
  • Climbing 5+ or better on an acceptably slack top rope
  • Catching Practice is supervised + rope is held by an instructor
  • Catching Practice is done progressively and at the start of each class to maintain steady habits
  • Introduction to lead climbing may be looked at with full informed parental permission + consent (See the notes for lead climbing)
  • More advanced techniques for climbing
  • Rules + Call signs should be known off by heart

 

Climbing Squad (invitation only) is for children who have shown enthusiasm for the sport and excelled in the previous courses. This course is led by our top instructors ensuring all participants gain knowledge of climbing and develop a high level of skill and technical ability in all aspects of climbing. This includes abseiling, route setting and much more with participants having opportunities for further advancement in the sport. For children aged 6+.

Pre-requisite: Climbing shoes are required for all participants

Swimming

The Queen's Sport Splash 'n' Swim Programme provides professional swimming lessons for babies, children and young people. Splash 'n' Swim has adopted the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) national plan for swimming and we specialise in stroke efficiency, water confidence and learning through fun.

We offer an excellent professional development pathway for participants to progress from Waterbabies to our Barracudas or Rookie Lifeguard courses. Participants who develop through the programme will also have the opportunity to be invited to the Queen’s Swim Squad.

Waterbabies is perfect exercise for little ones, since water allows their muscles to move freely and they’re supported by its buoyancy. The class incorporate lots of bonding, fun and socialising.

The Duckling Awards are designed to help children explore and enjoy the fun of learning to swim. They can help you shape your swimming lessons by giving set outcomes and provide a foundation level for swimming. Ages 3-5.

Adult support is required in both Waterbabies and Ducklings.

The 10 Stage programme
  • Waterbabies - Parent & Child lessons
  • Ducklings - Parent & Child lessons
  • Starfish (Non Swimmers)
  • Seahorses (Beginners 1)
  • Stingrays (Beginners 2)
  • Dolphins (Improvers 1)
  • Sharks (Improvers 2)
  • Jets (Advanced)
  • Barracudas (Swim School)
  • Rookie Lifeguard
  • Queen’s Swim Squad (Invitation only)