Our kids are veterans when it comes to summer holiday camps in Singapore. We’re big believers in keeping bodies and minds busy during school break. So when UFIT offered our lucky little lady a trial session in its active NEW UFIT Athlete Development camp we didn’t hesitate. Why? Because it caters to the gap in the market for older kids (seven to 14 years) and focuses on developing sporting skills. We’re going to tell you straight – this camp was life-changing for our daughter. Read on to find out why…
An environment that promotes confidence
UFIT has really nailed the perfect blend of relaxed outdoor venue with an ethos that sets kids at ease. It’s a winning formula to make kids of both genders have fun while being challenged. And it’s as much about strengthening mental abilities as it is about developing physical skills.
We dropped off a slightly nervous little girl on day one (she didn’t know anyone) and picked up a smiley, rosy-cheeked kid full of stories about her epic day. Given that at age seven she was the youngest at camp, her eagerness to race back for day two says it all. In her words, “I was scared at first, but then I played tag and made some new friends. And I learnt some super-funny jokes!”
An inspiring team
We’d done our homework pre-camp and read up on the impressive credentials of the UFIT coaches (many of which are ex-sporting professionals and have Masters degrees). But what we didn’t expect was how much the kids looked up to the coaches as role models. Our daughter told us stories about how inspiring Frazer, Joe, Tom and Charlotte were and how she wants to grow up big and strong just like them. One can only imagine the impact of a visit from record holder and current England 7’s player Dan Norton on the kids in the UFIT Rugby Development Camp!
A cleverly designed programme
All activities are designed to improve strength, speed, agility, conditioning and technical sports skills. Some of our little reporter’s favourites included handball, soccer and swinging on rings. It was also her first introduction to using weights and learning techniques like squats and push-ups.
The proof is in the pudding
A definite highlight for the parents was coming to watch the mini Olympics on the final day. The kids were glowing with pride almost as much as the parents as they showcased their newfound confidence and skills.
But what’s been more rewarding to witness is the change we’ve seen in our daughter long-term. Sure she’s always been an active kid, but this has ignited a passion for sport. Completely unprompted she’s taken to putting on music and doing exercises, timing herself on runs and challenging her little sister to races around the condo. She’s hooked – Olympics 2024 here we come…
UFIT Athlete Development Camp
Learn what it takes to become a future sporting champion
When: 10 – 14 July 2017, 10am to 3pm daily.
Where: CrossFit Bukit Timah, 220 Turf Club Road, Singapore, 288001.
Cost: $631.30 for five days or $149.80 per day.
UFIT Rugby Development Camp
Live a day and week of a professional athlete
When: 17 – 21 July 2017 and 14-18 August 2107, 10am to 3pm daily
Where: Tanglin Rugby Club – continue 250m from CrossFit Bukit Timah on the right.
Cost: $590 for five days or $140 per day.
Pssst: Dan Norton, the England 7’s superstar and Team GB Olympian will be making guest appearances and running coaching clinics during the UFIT Rugby Development camp on 17 to 21 July. His presence electrified the kids last year and he’s sure to inspire the boys and girls with his enthusiasm and knowledge of the game!