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Sports & Play

Play is an important part of every child's life, providing opportuntiies for them to explore the world around them. It is essential for physical, emotional and spiritual growth, intellectual and educational development, and development of social and behavioural skills.

With a little encouragement, children will leave the TV and computer games behind for busy playgrounds and ball fields. Instead of chips and cookies, they'll reach for basketballs, footballs, rollerblades, and bicycles.

What better way to keep your children out of the house and away from television and computer games than enrolling them in sports?

These activities can promote co-operative play, teamwork, and good sportsmanship while helping to refine gross motor skills. Sports can also help children get along with and become accepted by others, including peers, family members, teachers, and coaches. Plus, through positive feedback, group play builds self-esteem, helping your child realise that he/she's a capable person who is able to accomplish significant achievements.

A large, fenced, colourful play area in a field, with plenty to do for children from 2-14. At this play area we have:a spring rockera spinning/rocking disha springtime multi-user see ...

Alderney Orchard Play Area , Bedford Road North , Alderney West , Poole , BH12 4PS

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About this games areaThis Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) is suitable for:footballcricketbasketball.Around the games area we have markings for:hopscotcha maze gamesnakes and laddersan alphabet snakecycle training trackPaying Youth Club members ...

, Bedford Road South , Poole , Dorset , BH12 4PR

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This is a fenced play area next to Bourne Valley Youth Centre. At this play area we have:a junior climbing frame with a wide slide a roundabouta curved see sawa buddy ...

Arne Valley Recreation Ground , Bourne Valley Youth Centre , Arne Avenue , Poole , Dorset , BH12 4DT

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Bourne Valley Park and the adjoining Bourne Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) covers over 57 hectares.Great forLong scenic walks, spotting wildlife living in the ponds and streams.ParkingThere is ...

Bourne Valley Park , Turbary Close , Poole , Dorset , BH12 4HD

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About this play areaThis play area is on the edge of Bourne Valley Park and neighbours the Bourne Valley Skatepark.The play area was created following a campaign by the Bourne Valley ...

, Turbary Close , Parkstone , Poole , Dorset , BH12 4HD

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The Branksome Centre is a vibrant community centre located in north-east Poole. We provide affordable activities for all ages and abilities, including: Sport and exercise classes Arts and crafts Youth clubs Board games, bingo ...

, Recreation Road , Poole , Dorset , BH12 2EA

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About this parkBranksome Chine Gardens is in both the Beach Road and Branksome Park conservation areas. It also has fantastic views over the Poole Bay Site of Special Scientific Interest.Great ...

Branksome Chine , Pinecliff Road , Branksome Park , Poole , BH13 6LP

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Branksome Park Tennis is here to make tennis fun and accessible for the whole family. With x 5 newly surfaced courts, x 2 Floodlit courts and an onsite Cafe its ...

Branksome Park Tennis , Leicester Road , Branksome , Poole , Dorset , BH13 6BZ

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Branksome Recreation Ground is a large, open space. This recreation ground is licensed for you to hire for outdoor events.Great forPlaying football, cricket, lots of wide open space.ParkingThere is a ...

Branksome Recreation Ground , Recreation Road , Branksome , Poole , Dorset , BH12 2EB

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Here at Rossmore Leisure Centre, we've got a host of activities for you to enjoy. As well as our pool, in which you can enjoy our award-winning swimming lessons, alongside ...

Sports & Leisure Management , Herbert Avenue , Poole , Dorset , BH12 4HR

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All Welcome. Families and disabed people can access our Hyro heated pool with specialist changing and hoisting equpment, all in a relaxing fun way. ...

, Lindsay Road , Branksome Park , Poole , Dorset , BH13 6AS

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Football for 16+ year olds with any kind of learning disability. ...

, Recreation Road , Poole , Dorset , BH12 2EA

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Bounce, run, jump and bounce again at our exclusive Gym and Trampolining Sessions. ...

Rossmore Leisure Centre , Herbert Avenue , Parkstone , Poole , Dorset , BH12 4HR

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Hollywood Bowl is a family entertainment centre which is much more than just bowling. If bowling isn't your thing, take advantage of our Sega Active Zone which has some of the ...

382 Poole Road , Branksome , Poole , Dorset , BH12 1DA

Junior Mini Tennis Coaching Programme for kids aged 4yrs-16yrs. ...

Branksome Park Tennis , Leicester Road , Branksome , Poole , Dorset , BH13 6BZ

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Children aged 4-6 are warmly welcomed into Little Leaders.They are carefully introduced to Taekwondo and nurtured through the process of martial arts. Our Little Leader programme is a curriculum to ...

Sports & Leisure Management, Rossmore Leisure Centre , Herbert Avenue , Poole , Dorset , BH12 4HR

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Mini-Cherries is a toddler football session, which aim to help children learn the basic principles of play such as sharing and communication, along with improving their basic motor skills balance ...

The Branksome Centre , Recreation Road , Poole , Dorset , BH12 2EA

OLGA Gymnastics & Trampoline Club is one of Dorset's most successful and established gymnastics clubs, and is a one of the leading performance clubs in the UK. We have a ...

Everyone Active Leisure Centre - Rossmore , Herbert Avenue , Poole , Dorset , BH12 4HR

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Teaching water confidence is a vital part of every child's development. Using state of the art sensory lighting and music our specially trained teachers will help you and your child ...

, Lindsay Road , Branksome Park , Poole , Dorset , BH13 6AS

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Every year in Poole over 1000 young people enjoy new adventures, experience the outdoors, gain confidence and have the opportunity to reach their full potential through Scouting.Supported by over 100 ...

Denis Gooding Centre , Layton Road , Poole , Dorset , BH12 2BJ

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Football for home educated children. No need to book, just turn up and enjoy yourself! ...

, Recreation Road , Poole , Dorset , BH12 2EA

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Rookie Lifeguards:This exciting course will be taken by RLSS Young Lifesaver of the year, Rupert Smith.You will learn the key skills of a lifeguard in a fun and exciting programme of ...

Herbert Avenue , Parkstone , Poole , Dorset , BH12 4HR

This play area is in a large field surrounded by trees. At this play area we have:a basketball hoopa jungle climber climbing framea cableway zip wirekickabout goalsrebound wall with football ...

, Scott Road , Poole , Dorset , BH12 5AX

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Super Saturday Kids' Clubs are a fun and entertaining way of engaging your children in sporting activities. Sessions include gymnastics, ballet, badminton, trampolining and tots ballet. All of our sessions ...

Poole House, Talbot Campus , Fern Barrow , Poole , Dorset , BH12 5BB

Victoria Community Boccia Club was founded in 2016. It is open to people of any age and disability who would like to participate in the Paralympic sport of Boccia. Boccia ...

, Lindsay Road , Branksome Park , Poole , Dorset , BH13 6AS