Big Boost for Mini Activities
The Mini Programme currently runs in Teviotdale Leisure Centre (Hawick), Queens Leisure Centre (Galashiels) and the Gytes Leisure Centre (Peebles) providing a range of activity classes for children from 18 months to five years old including Mini Gymnastics, Mini Kickers (football) and Mini Tryers (rugby).
We plan to extend the scheme to Kelso and Eyemouth and are currently seeking to recruit some Play Leader apprentices to assist with the expansion.
Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive of Borders Sport and Leisure said: “The Mini Programme has been very popular and we feel it is time to look at ways to extend it to other areas of the Borders where active play opportunities for tots are currently limited. We have devised the idea to recruit some apprentice Play Leaders, with the aim of securing one for each town (Kelso, Eyemouth, Gala, Peebles and Hawick). The roles will combine voluntary and paid elements. We secured funding to cover the costs involved in putting the apprentices through SVQ level 2 or 3 qualifications and, in addition to paying for their training and development, we will also employ them on a part time basis to work with our qualified staff so they will be to earn as they learn. It is the perfect opportunity for those looking to give something back to their local community whilst also developing new skills that could lead to a career in the future.”
The Mini Programme features two class levels, Stage One where the parents and children participate together and Stage 2 where the children work independently throughout the classes to improve their confidence and build learning and body management skills that will help equip them for the transition from nursery to school. The classes will be available at the selected centers throughout the year and parents will have the option to pay on a monthly basis for the facility which will include free swimming during public and family swim times.
For more information on the Mini Programme and apprentice Play Leader opportunities contact Lori Lee at Llee@bslt.org.uk