Toorak Primary School has put their recent softball Sporting Schools experience into practice, with their 5/6 Boys & Girls teams making an impact at the Regional and State Championship competitions.
For the past four weeks, Victorian Titans representative Kylie Steemers has been heading down to Toorak Primary School to teach softball to students across all levels of the school, with committed senior school students even getting the opportunity to observe and assist with lessons.
All those lessons were put to good use late last month, when the Year 5/6 Girls softball team claimed the State Championship title at Jells Park, while the Year 5/6 Boys team made it all the way to the Southern Metropolitan Regional Championships.
Lead teacher Jennifer White said that the program was a great opportunity for students and teachers alike to pick up some valuable softball skills and tips, with the sport clearly a hit amongst students.
“Kylie was an absolute dream to work with, the kids loved her and she was so professional and knowledgeable- I learnt so much working with her,” Jennifer said.
“With the support of the Sporting Schools Grant, our entire school community of 540 students have learnt softball specific skills, and the school has a dedicated softball lunchtime program to further enhance the development of the sport.”
Sporting Schools is a $100 million Australian Government initiative, designed to help schools increase children’s participation in sport, and to connect children with community sport. Through the Sporting Schools program, students can participate in Softball Australia’s Batter Up Program, which focuses on fun activities while learning basic throwing, catching and striking skills.
To find out more about the Sporting Schools Program and how your school can bring softball to your school, click here.
Image: Toorak Primary School Year 5/6 Girls team at the State Championships (Jennifer White/Supplied).