Dragon Sport is a Sport Wales initiative funded by the National Lottery, designed to offer 7-11 year olds fun and enjoyable sporting opportunities.
- Has been adapted to suit the players age, size ability, skill level and experience
- Uses simple rules, smaller equipment and playing areas, plus fun training and coaching
- Prepares players for the adult game
- Is safe but still challenging.
Liaising closely with schools and community sports clubs, Dragon Sport is making a dramatic impact on sports participation by encouraging children to become involved in a variety of organised sporting activities.
The scheme broadens the sporting interests of children who already take part in sport and to involve children who currently lack such opportunities outside of their school PE lessons.
Dragon Sport introduces children to coaching, skill development and appropriate competition using versions of the adult game, modified to meet their needs and skill levels.
Eight modified sports are used in the scheme:
Whilst the primary focus of Dragon Sport is improving sports provision for 7 - 11 year olds across Wales, Dragon Sport also focuses on recruiting parents and other volunteers as helpers to support the development of after school and community sports clubs. See our page about becoming a sports coach if you would like to get involved.
Your Coordinator can provide step-by-step advice and training to help schools, sports clubs and volunteers deliver Dragon Sport. This help is offered to schools and clubs through a rolling programme, agreed in partnership with local authorities, PE advisors, national governing bodies of sport, schools and other local sporting providers.
Dragon Sport may also be delivered by leisure centres, youth groups, voluntary and uniformed organisations.