DHPSers kept busy

Sport reigned supreme for learners participating in these camps.

16 June 2019 | Education

Windhoek • Lars Pickhardt



During a two-week holiday programme hosted by the Child & Youth Centre of the Deutsche Höhere Privatschule (DHPS), learners fought together for joint victory: First a soccer camp was held from 6 to 10 May, whereafter a judo and self-defence camp took place from 13 to 17 May.

The soccer week served as a team-building experience for the learners. In the practice sessions they learned general ball sense, dribbling skills, fast and accurate passes and good ball acceptance, with daily soccer matches reflecting the growing joy and confidence in the sport.

The tips shared by more experienced players especially motivated the youngsters.

During the morning circles, important topics about soccer were discussed: Learners and educators reviewed previous practise sessions and games and the general openness, team spirit, fair play and practical helpfulness soon let everyone grow together as a team.

Where in the beginning the learners played and fought as opponents, they helped and congratulated each other when winning a game at the end.

The second week was quite different. The aim of the judo camp was to develop strong self-confidence. Sometimes children lack the courage to put their trust in someone. At times, it is difficult to estimate one's own limits and adhere to them. Yet, friends and family are good companions who can help and advise us in unpleasant situations. In intensive judo training, the children learned many throws, how to free themselves and how to force the opponent to the mat.

The children participated enthusiastically in both game and practical exercises. The breaks were just as much fun as repeating and trying out new tips and tricks on the ball or with the opponent.

* Lars Pickhardt is the head of the DHPS Child & Youth Centre

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