Socialising as well as skills development is an integral part of the city’s new sports group for disabled children.
Socialising as well as skills development is an integral part of the city’s new sports group for disabled children. Trevor Veale

Special kids are good sports

PRACTISING football passes was just part of Tanya Slaviero's intentions to teach participation through play and confidence through capability.

The new playgroup for special needs children had its first session on Tuesday with more than a dozen youngsters turning up.

“We are starting a new sporting adventure for all children with special needs,” Ms Slaviero said.

“The aim is to give these precious children the opportunity to be able to play or attempt playing sport of some kind.”

She says they will play something different every two weeks or so, including tennis, cricket, basketball, netball and soccer.

“Peter from the Coffs Harbour Indoor Cricket Centre has been kind enough to support this program by allowing us to use the facilities and equipment at the centre. We want to encourage children, help them build confidence to play sports, and show them how easy it is.”

Ms Slaviero said her eight-year-old daughter, Shantelle, has mild cerebral palsy.

“Shantelle would watch me play sports and want to get involved.

“There is nothing stopping these kids, they are capable and just need the confidence.”

Cost will be $10 per child or $15 for two or more.

The program will run every week but families are invited to come as often as possible.

For more information contact Tanya Slaviero on 0408 526 673 or go to the Coffs Harbour Indoor Cricket Centre on Tuesdays.



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