Punch on: Open thread 13/08/2012
Little Athletics has shepherded many young Australians onto the track leading to eventual Olympic stardom. Sally Pearson, for one. Pole-vaulter Steve Hooker, another. Clubs have huffed and puffed their way forward on the fumes of a well-worn pair of joggers, kept going by committed parent-volunteers and income stemming from low rego fees.
Fewer boys and girls are “taking their marks” because of time and financial pressures on parents, Fairfax reports, leaving clubs in a poor state. And Little A’s clubs are leery about raising entry fees, which generally range between $60 and $130, to ease some of those pressures.
Junior sport can teach kids important lessons about fitness and success. It keeps them doing something productive instead of scrawling toddler hieroglyphics on your walls. But how much can a parent invest in junior sport nowadays? If you’re a parent, how much time and money do you put in to your kids’ sports clubs? And if you’re not, how much would you?
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