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How Latvia's FA is making school sports fun

Published: Wednesday 30 March 2011, 12.08CET
The Latvian Football Federation has joined forces with the country's basketball and floorball governing bodies to start a project called Run Sports for schoolchildren.
by Martins Hartmanis & Viktor Sopirin
How Latvia's FA is making school sports fun
The Latvian Football Federation is trying to get schoolchildren hooked on sport ©Fedja Krvavac
Published: Wednesday 30 March 2011, 12.08CET

How Latvia's FA is making school sports fun

The Latvian Football Federation has joined forces with the country's basketball and floorball governing bodies to start a project called Run Sports for schoolchildren.

The Latvian Football Federation (LFF) has teamed up with the Latvian Basketball Association and the Latvian Floorball Union to initiate a project called Run Sports.

The initiative involves seven-year-old schoolchildren from the capital city Riga and the surrounding area who are invited to take part in a relay competition combining all three sports. Although prizes are at stake for the winning teams, the emphasis throughout is on fun, creativity and sport.

A popular personality or athlete coaches each class and participates with the pupils in the relay, which is broadcast on Latvian television each Saturday morning over a seven-week period. The competition is played out over three phases: quarter-finals involving 16 teams, semi-finals with eight sides and a final for the four best squads.

The ultimate goal of the project is to encourage youngsters to take up sport as well as to promote basketball, football and floorball while also developing the coaching skills of PE teachers.

Last updated: 30/03/11 12.24CET

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