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Nestle Lanka PLC Managing Director, Shivani Hegde (Third from right) hands over one of the awards to be presented at Kids Athletics to Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam held in connection with the event at a media briefing held at Hilton Colombo Residencies. Also in the picture are Special Adviser to the Ministry of Sports Sunil Jayaweera (Second from left) and Ministry of Education Secretary Sunil Hettiarachchi (Third from left) | (Pic by Kasun Fernando)

As many as over 3,000 Kids in Sri Lanka have get the opportunity to develop their skills through a sports programme titled Kids Athletics which is now in progress. The programme is organized by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with Nestle Lanka PLC.

Special Adviser to the Ministry of Sports Sunil Jayaweera said at a press briefing held in connection with programme that participants will get the opportunity to develop hand-eye coordination which is so vital for progress in sports. He said that the programme is open to kids between the ages 5-13 and added that this concept is used in schools around the globe.

The organizers of the programme have picked schools from 74 zones to compete at this programme where those who excel will be awarded with medals and certificates. All students in Grade 3 will see the final round of the programme being held on March 25 at Maris Stella College Negombo while the students in Grade 4 will be seen in action on March 30 at the Public Ground in Ratnapura. The fun-related physical activities organized for the kids will be aimed at developing fundamentals and fitness apart from promoting friendship.

Ministry of Education Secretary Sunil Hettiarachchi said that the programme will help to make a revolution in sport this year. “This programme will help Sri Lanka make an impact at international sporting events by the year 2024,” said Hettiarachchi.

Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam lauded the programme and said, “These programmes are so essential to produce kids with a balanced mind which is vital for education”.
Milroy Jayamanne, Project Officer of Education Ministry, said that these programmes help deal with kids who are obese.

Nestle Lanka PLC Managing Director Shivani Hegde said, “The purpose of this programme is to enhance the lives of kids. It’s so important to teach school kids about healthy nutrition through programmes like this”.