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Little Dragons packing a punch
A PAIR of former Warrington Sports Personalities of the Year are now passing on their knowledge to future karate stars.
Sisters Michelle and Nicola Hey enjoyed successful careers competing, but have since turned their attention to teaching through Hey’s Karate Academy and Little Dragons groups.
Hey’s Karate have recently began running PE lessons in several Warrington schools, as well as community sessions for the town’s Little Dragons.
“It’s brilliant,” said Michelle, mum to Tegan, three, and Kaitlen, seven – who has already gained an English and British title.
“It’s nice to give something back to the children and see them progress.
“It’s nice for them to be able to do something like this as there’s hardly any karate classes for young children around – with having children myself I’ve realised there’s not many opportunities for them.”
The sisters’ Little Dragons groups, aimed at two to five year olds, are a recent introduction to the Hey’s Karate schedule and aim to enhance positive and physical development linking early learning goals and team work in a fun, safe environment.
“We practise kicks using bubbles, play fun games, do assault courses and number and colour games,” added Michelle.
“They think they’re having lots of fun, but they’re also learning at the same time.”
The Little Dragons classes enable children to develop a sense of independence, act respectfully and build fundamental motor skills among a host of other traits.
Little Dragons run on a Monday at Fearnhead Community Centre, Orford Jubilee Hub and Cinnamon Brow Farm Club with an evening session on Wednesdays at Fearnhead.
For more information visit ‘heyskarateacademy’ page on Facebook or contact Nicola on 07584 058943 or Michelle on 07557 858739.