Our signature FitKidz classes are designed to suit the needs and abilities of primary school aged children. The classes are high energy fundamental movement skills based. We have designed a unique programme that allows children to move more confidently and competently while incorporating as many fundamental movement skills as possible ( running, jumping, catching, throwing, skipping, coordination, balance, agility and fine motor skills just to name a few!) Each week the coach uses various activities from our 6 core activities- Fun fitness games, gymnastics, dance, try-a-sport, mindfulness and wellbeing, and competitive and co operative games. We also offer a FitTotz programme for preschool aged children- the only one of its kind on the market in Ireland at the moment! Our unique design for our preschool aged children is a mixture of high energy games, locomotor movement skills, foundation for field sports (GAA, soccer, rugby, etc.), dancercise, fundamental gymnastic movements along with social elements of turn taking, teamwork and storytelling. FitKidz drop in classes take place every Saturday morning from 11am to 12pm.
We also offer preschool, beginner and improver gymnastics classes. Our preschool class focuses on floor based activities and building the gymnastics core foundations in movements such as tumbling, cartwheel and handstands. Our beginner class is suitable for primary school aged children who have not attended our classes before. Again these classes focus on the foundation movements of both floor and beam based exercises. Some partner work is also included at the beginner stage. Our improvers class is the follow on from the beginners class at FitKidz and goes more in depth into gymnastics movements, sequencing and partner assisted movements. We also offer childrens yoga classes. Childrens yoga and mindfulness is thought through a variety of yoga stories, yoga activities and games, art and crafts, mindfulness and breathing techniques. We highly suggest these classes for children with additional needs or those who have childhood anxiety. Yoga also has very positive effects on sporting performance. We offer these classes from toddlers all the way to preteens.
*Our most popular class to date*
FitTotz GAA All Stars
This class is an introduction to gaelic games aimed at preschool aged and junior and senior infants. The class will be a mixture of hurling and football. The class promotes learning the games at a childs pace while having fun and developing and nurturing the love of gaelic games. As a GAA nursery coach and coach educator I see how many children can get turned off a sport by starting them at club training too early. It can also be a headache for coaches with limited coaching time and mixed age groups. Most clubs feel their nursery programmes are ineffective and often seen as a babysitting service. We hope to turn that around by developing a child centered approach to the games and activities. This is also a bonus for clubs as when the children finish the All Stars programme they will be more familiar with turn taking, social skills involved in training and will have a solid foundation of the age appropriate skills. This class is operating on a waitlist at the moment so please email or whatsapp to have your childs name included on the list.
New to FitKidz this year we are delighted to have the brilliant Shannon Ryan, a former majorette and professional dancer in to run her Baby Ballet and Creative Dance classes. This is a super exciting opportunity for us and we wish Shannon and all at Shine Dance and Drama the best of luck with her new classes.