Let kids be, kids!

Last Monday, Mini’s Academy got involved in a fantastic afternoon at St Luke's College, helping to deliver sessions to almost 300 children, aged 5 - 7, from primary schools across Exeter.

Admittedly it wasn’t the warmest of days; rain, sleet & even a little snow took the place of the warm early Spring sunshine, but even that didn’t deter the kids from having fun!

The multi skills afternoon included relays, ball control, co-ordination & practicing some pretty cool passing and throwing techniques, all of which kept the little ones warm and fired up.

Given the state of the weather, the afternoon could so easily have been cancelled but, just last week, Nicky Morgan; Secretary of State for Education, told teachers to stop banning children from playing sport and to stop wrapping them in cotton wool.



"Playing games helps children to develop the character traits they need to succeed in life. School sports and team games don’t just help children to stay healthy, they help build character, resilience and grit." 




 We couldn’t agree more! There is so much evidence to suggest that skills, values and traits developed during these early years, will form the DNA for their future years.


Life is about putting yourself out there.  It’s about taking chances, taking risks and it’s about believing in yourself. As humans, we’re designed to want to grow and we won’t ever feel completely fulfilled if we don’t. If we’re constantly giving our children the message to be careful, to not take those risks and to stay away from anything that might hurt them, how are our children possibly going to grow?  How are they going to develop those skills & values that will guide them towards becoming strong, confident adults?


"Vigorous sport, even at the risk of the kinds of injury that can be sustained in rugby, football and cricket, are essential to the development of courage and resilience - qualities that every child needs as they grow up"

David Green, Civitas.


As role models and leaders, we have to allow our children to be children.  We have to allow them to grow and to take risks.


Well done St Luke’s on pulling off a fantastic afternoon of sport and fun, that could so very easily have been cancelled because it was a little cold & wet; The children loved being outside and the cold was nothing that running around and doing a few star jumps didn’t sort out!

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