Mini Activities FAQ

Mini Play Programmes

Borders Sport and Leisure sees a child’s early years as a crucial time for developing positive habits and attitudes towards staying active. To help achieve this, we have written the following guidelines to ensure both yourself and your child have a great time. 

  • It would be helpful if you could ensure your child has been to the toilet before session starts.
  • Appropriate footwear should be worn (football boots with studs have no grip for indoor surfaces and should not be worn).
  • Clothing should be loose and moveable. Long trousers/jeans restrict movement and will make the session less enjoyable.
  • Long hair should be tied back and jewellery removed.
  • Please bring a bottle of water for your child to prevent dehydration. Bottles with sports caps are acceptable. Bottles with removable lids are not permitted within sessions to prevent spillage. Fizzy juice should be avoided.
  • Food is not permitted within sessions.
  • Please avoid entering the session/coaching area, unless invited to do so by the coach.
  • The taking of pictures/videos on phones or cameras is not permitted within the session without permission from the coach, for child protection reasons.
  • Any queries about sessions should ideally be kept until the end of the session, to avoid disruption.

It is important for us to ensure that all children enjoy the Mini Play programme sessions, regardless of ability, and to build a sense of achievement and self-esteem through the improvement of skills and techniques.

By following our simple guidelines, together we will achieve one of the most important parts of the Mini Play programme ethos: making the sessions full of fun.

 

Parents: Should you stay or should you go?

As a parent or guardian of a child taking part in our mini programme, it can be difficult to know whether you should stay with your little one or if it is best to leave them to get on without you.

The answer depends on the age of your little one and the programme they are taking part in. We hope the information below will be a useful guide:

Mini Gymnastics

1½-3 years: We ask you to stay with your little one during the session. You can get involved by assisting throughout, while the coach guides you to ensure you both get the most from your time.

3-5 years: At this age you don’t need to stay, as your little one will flourish in a fun and safe environment. We encourage your child to become independent in preparation for nursery and - in the long term - school. We also find that children behave better with fewer distractions, offering them a fun learning environment.

Mini Tots Tennis

3-5 years: We ask you to stay with your little one during the session. You’ll be able to get involved by feeding balls and encouraging them to practise with fun games and activities.

Mini Tryers

2-3.5 years: We ask you to stay with your little one throughout the session and encourage you to help develop the fundamental movement skills in a rugby environment.

3.5-5 years: At this age you don’t need to stay as we encourage your little tryers to work independently during our sessions. This allows children to learn to socialise with other children and become confident learners. We also find children behave better with fewer distractions, offering them a fun learning environment.

Mini Kickers

1½-3 years:  We ask you to stay with your little one throughout the session and assist in introducing them to football while having fun!

3-5 years: At this age you don’t need to stay as we encourage your little one to work independently during our sessions. Children are encouraged to work independently and develop their skills and passion for football with no distractions.

Please note: In all instances we require an Emergency Contact Details form to be completed for each child available at each centre.

If you have any other questions about our Mini Activities, please contact Lori on llee@liveborders.org.uk