At Playball, we aim to help children develop fundamental building blocks of sport, agility balance and coordination, as well as the three key elements of physical fitness - endurance, strength and flexibility.
Children are also exposed to a range of different sports skills such as tennis, cricket, hockey, rugby, football, basketball, baseball and volleyball.
What makes Playball different to other childrens programmes?
Our year-long programmes are independent of each other and are taught based on age. This offers your child a completely different sporting experience and learning environment.
In each programme, the children's developmental, emotional and physical needs are taken into account with the lesson curriculum. One of Playballs primary objectives is to teach sport and movement, using the correct technique. Each program has an impressive creative component that ensures that each lesson is both exciting and positive. The children are never bored and genuinely love the lessons.
Our objectives are twofold - to instill confidence to engage in life-long physical activity through enhancing "physical literacy". Physical literacy, like learning English or Maths, is the learning of fundamental movement and sports skills that will form a solid foundation for sports participation.
All sports can be broken down into individual skills needed to play them. Playball works from the bottom up ensuring that all levels are solid before moving on to a more advanced stage.?
Findings show that children who partake in regular activity appropriate to their age, with the opportunity to strengthen their core stability (stomachs and backs) are able to sit better and concentrate far longer than those who are slumped, as the lungs arent getting the same amount of oxygen to the brain. A childs gross motor skills need to be developed before their fine motor skills. Without fine motor skills, children will struggle to hold a pen, write, colour in a picture or tie their shoelaces.
Body and spatial awareness is of massive importance as it helps a child understand where he or she is in relation to the world around them. Children who constantly bump into objects or who seem clumsy are lacking spatial awareness, balance and possibly gross motor coordination.
Bilateral symmetry (being able to use the left and right side of the body equally well) and midline crossing are vital for developing the neurons between the left and right hemispheres of the brain, which allows for far more effective learning to take place.
All of these essential beneficial physical and cognitive developments are addressed in the Playball classes, bringing the benefits not only in a sports field but also to the learning environment.
In Doha there are 4 age specific programmes, each lasting a school year. The first term focuses on beginners skills, second term is for intermediate skills and the last term is advanced skills. Once the programme year is finished, a child will 'graduate' to the next level in the next school year.
I Can Do - for children who are 2 turning 3 during the school year (Sept - August). Structured classes are introduced to learn routines, listen and follow instructions. Everyday concepts such as colours, shapes, numbers, spatial concepts and movement are reinforced.
Watch me Play - for children who are 3 turning 4 during the school year (Sept - August). The structured learning exposes Playballers of this age to imaginative & creative play, relevant at this life stage. The Coaches start laying the foundations of sports and ball skills.
Dinkies - for children who are 4 turning 5 during the school year (Sept - August). Playballers of this age are able to concentrate for longer periods and are also more able to imitate and learn specific skills. A wide variety of specific sports are introduced.
Preps - for children who are 5 till 7 during the school year (Sept - August). School readiness and refining sports skills are priorities. Children are corrected and guided to use the right technique, plus are required to foster teamwork through working in pairs.