Touching lives through sports

Last weekend the Salesian Pastoral Youth Service (SPYS), led by a group of young volunteers, organized a youth training seminar at Savio College, Dingli. The theme of the seminar was 'Touching Lives through sport' and its aim was to teach young adults, in a practical manner, how it is possible to educate children through sports.

Twenty-three University students, reading for different degrees, attended the seminar. They were given the opportunity to learn about the organization, planning, and running of sport-related activities which help children aged six to 12 develop their physical, social and mentals skills.

The seminar started off with some ice-breaking activities. Throughout the whole weekend, the participants were divided into teams and were given the necessary knowledge, skills and support to plan and conduct sports activities that are safe, enjoyable and enriching for children. After each session a processing exercise was held so that everyone could contribute and discuss the activities organized by each group.

The purpose of the seminar was to teach young adults how to educate children holistically. Thus apart from various sports activities, discussion sessions on personal attitudes and values were held. Participants also experienced the spiritual side of growth during the morning and evening reflections in the chapel.