The youth of St. Jacques-Coombs Cove have had a great summer participating in an excellent sports program run by Craig Blagdon and the St. Jacques-Coomb’s Cove Recreation Committee.
Thanks to the creative and active program, the students of the area were involved with a soccer program, a Food and Fun Camp, a Bike Rodeo and a McDonald Family Water Park trip. Other activities included arts and crafts, sports days, movie days and water fights.
The soccer program, now scheduled to end in late August, may possibly continue as an after school sports program. Close to 50 children ages 4 to 13 participated in this activity that included soccer drills and games twice a week.
The Food and Fun Camp patterned with Central Health to teach children ages 4 to 12 the importance of healthy food choices and being physically active.
The program also partnered with Central Health to hold a bike rodeo on July 23. The participants rode their bicycles from Fitzgerald Academy to Back Cove Beach at English Harbour West.
The participants learned about bike safety and participated in several games during the event.
Emma Vallis of English Harbour West and Hannah McDonald of Boxey won two helmets donated by the St. Jacques-Coomb’s Cove Recreation Committee.
Over 50 children enjoyed the trip to the McDonald Family Water Park on August 1.
The participants engaged in riding the water boats, swimming, sea-doo rides and kayaks riding.
Jennifer Rideout, a parent of two children who took advantage of the activities, said that the program was absolutely awesome.
Rideout said, “The program included lots of activities that kept them busy all summer. It was nice to see the kids out participating in sports programs and activities they enjoy. My two children loved the program and looked forward to most of the activities all summer.”
Chrissy Keeping, another parent of two children in the program said, “The program was great for this area as there’s not a great lot for the kids here during the summer and it kept them occupied. My children loved the program and my son, aged 11, took part in everything the program had to offer.”