Schools’ free-of-charge sports clubs activities continue wide and varied

Nuoret pelaamassa koripalloa. Kuva: Sakari Manninen

At the beginning of September, altogether 85 free Sport for Schools sports club begin at Vantaa schools, arranged in cooperation with Sport for Everybody, the City of Vantaa, and local sports clubs.

Sport for Schools activities replace the Wau clubs that ended their operations in the spring.

“Last year there were 88 clubs, and now it would seem that as many sports clubs will be arranged this school year as during the last one,” enthuses project coordinator Päivi Sillanpää.

Sports clubs provide a nice time in sports without competition and comparison. The clubs want to add mobility into the school day and offer free sports activities, especially to those who do not yet have sports hobbies.

Sports clubs are arranged in elementary and junior high schools in the mornings, at breaks and immediately after the school day, usually at the schools’ gyms. The activities are targeted at specific grades, based on the schools’ wishes. The clubs’ programs account for the children’s wishes and include games and play. The club period is September 2, 2019-May 15, 2020. During school vacations, the clubs will be on break.

“It is easy to come to the clubs and sports breaks, since they are arranged during the school day. This means that one does not necessarily have to go to hobbies in the evening,” says Sillanpää.

School-specific club information, schedules and enrollment are available at You do not have to enroll. The hobihobi service includes lots of other free-of-charge options besides sports clubs. At the moment, the service is being piloted and further developed.

The sport clubs constitute part of Vantaa, Espoo, Riihimäki and Hämeenlinna cities’ #Paraskoulu project, financed by the Finnish National Agency for Education.

Published: 29.8.2019 
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