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Introducing Kin-Ball

On Thursday 24th September, The Healthy Lifestyle Champions (HLCs) all participated in an introduction to the brilliant sport of Kin-Ball, expertly delivered by Kin-Ball UK's Ryan Joe Martindale at The Hive Youth Zone in Birkenhead.  Kin-Ball, is a team sport created in Quebec, Canada in 1986 in which the main distinctive characteristics are the big size of the ball (1.22 meters in diameter) and that the matches are played by three teams at the same time instead of traditional one-vs-one like most team games. The International Kin-Ball Federation counts 3.8 million participants, primarily from Canada, the U.S., Japan, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Malaysia and China. The newest country is the UK. Kin-Ball UK formed in 2018. Our Healthy Lifestyle Champions, who have the aim of introducing new sports to the students at Clare Mount and our local primary schools first spotted Kin-Ball on You-Tube before Christmas and immediately said 'we'd love to learn that; it looks like fun!' and they weren't wrong. The sport is brilliant at introducing the concepts of collaboration and tactics because you can only be successful if you all work together as a team to catch the ball. The HLCs will be introducing the sport to other youngsters through our Fit Fun Fests, PE lessons and Community Sport Night.