What Are Multi-skills?

And why are they Important to a Child’s Development?

Multi-skills clubs provide a non-sport specific, fun, challenging and enjoyable starting point for children’s involvement in sport. Sessions include a wide variety of games and activities, all involving the development of skills and attributes that can be applied to a range of sports and physical activities that a child may subsequently choose to participate in.

A high quality multi-skills experience is a fantastic starting point for children on their journey towards lifelong participation or performance in sport. Multi-skills training can also be used to support the development of children that perhaps have already selected a particular sport, but are looking for extra skills and a change of scenery.

Activ8 Wildcats Multi-skills Club coaches aim to develop children in and through sport in five key areas. These are:

  • Physical: Developing the child’s movement capabilities and fitness levels.
  • Technical: Developing the skills and techniques required to play a range of games, activities or sports.
  • Tactical: Developing the child’s knowledge of ‘how to’ play the game and their ability to solve challenges in sports, games and activities.
  • Mental: Developing the child’s mental capabilities including their decision making skills.
  • Personal-Social: Developing the child’s confidence, ability to build relationships, respect for rules and others, and their ability to find their own solutions to problems.

Each area of development is linked to the child’s stage of development, with increasingly refined and complex skills and challenges being introduced as the child develops and matures to stretch the child’s current ability and maximise learning.

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