Harps nursery programme a big success

Last Wednesday saw the final session of the Harps Nursery Programme, which has been running for the last five weeks. Sessions took place in Cullohill Community Centre with approximately fifty children attending each night – catering for Juniors, Seniors and First Classes in Durrow and Cullohill National Schools.

Last Wednesday saw the final session of the Harps Nursery Programme, which has been running for the last five weeks. Sessions took place in Cullohill Community Centre with approximately fifty children attending each night – catering for Juniors, Seniors and First Classes in Durrow and Cullohill National Schools.

The sessions ran in circuit format with groups of three or four children each given a set length of time at an activity and rotating through ten stations before getting into a mini game. Activities focused on basic movement techniques including agility, balance, coordination, running, jumping, throwing, catching and striking. Stations to develop these included – ladders/hurdles, obstacle course, balance exercise, striking using tyres, bouncing, throwing/catching, gym ball exercises and bean ball activities using hurls.

After completing the ten stations, each week the session finished with small sided games – these games played in the main hall plus handball court and squash court in the local facility. All who attended enjoyed the activities and seeing the improvement from week to week was very encouraging.

To conclude last Wednesday’s session, The Harps Juvenile Chairman Barry Murphy thanked all who helped with the initiative and also presented each child with a souvenir club baseball cap. All plan to wear these at the upcoming St Patrick’s Day Parade in Durrow where all will be taking part. Hopefully all who attended the Nursery Programme will continue to practice their skills and go on to represent The Harps and Laois with distinction in future years!

See this week’s Leinster Express (March 14) for more photos