Feb 3 2010 by Ian Bunting, Airdrie & Coatbridge
A NEW fun training programme for three to five-year-old sweeping the country has arrived in Monklands.
The Little Tiger Cubs was created by two local martial arts instructors, Stephen Rooney and Brian Leckie, who have 30 years experience teaching children.
The Cubs’ system is unique and differs from other children’s training programmes as it is not activity specific.
This means it can be utilised by many education, art and sports bodies as part of their normal activity.
The programme is a combination of common exercises and fun games, which can be blended with specific skills from each parent activity.
The aim is that each kid will develop core motor skills and increased fitness through play, while developing specific skills relevant to the activity they have enrolled for.
Stephen Rooney said: “The Little Tiger Cubs system of combining education and skills with fun manages to balance what the young children want to do, which is play, and what their parents want, which is for their children to learn skills.
“Having a great training system, great coaches and a network of clubs available is not enough.
“The financial cost to the parents must be affordable. We looked at other organisations offering their own programmes, which we viewed to be expensive, with large start up fees, hidden costs and substantial monthly fees.
“The incredible growth and expansion of our Little Tiger Cubs network is evidence that a fun and educational activity at an affordable price is what the parents are looking for.”
The local clubs are based at Airdrie Leisure Centre and Kirkwood Sports Barn in Coatbridge.
Both run from 4pm to 4.45pm, with the Airdrie club running every Wednesday and the Coatbridge club every Thursday.
Both have a limited number of spaces available and to reserve a free trial lesson call 01786 821594.
For more information go to www.stephen-rooney.com or The Little Tiger Cubs official website, www.littletigercubs.com