The Absa Cape Epic can now be a family affair. Virgin Active, a headline sponsor of the Absa Cape Epic – taking place from March 19 to 26, through 691km of Western Cape countryside and an accumulated vertical gain over the eight days of 15400m – will be offering Club-V zones, situated at each venue for the entire event. It will provide your kids with fun and engaging activities to keep them busy while you cheer on your friends and family knowing they’re in safe hands.
Each Club-V zone will offer a variety of programmes and games, including equipment such as mini trampolines, bats and balls, swing ball, mini hurdles and more.
There will also be a Virgin Active sponsored “pump track” at both the race prologue at Meerendal Wine Estate on Sunday, March 19, and Stage 7 Grand Finale at Val de Vie Estate near Paarl on Sunday, March 26, that will be run by Radtrax. Mini GT bikes, mini Mongoose bikes, scooters and of course helmets will be provided for the kids. Short family classes will also be on offer given by Virgin Active Group Exercise Instructors such as Zumba and Just Dance.
Programmes and games that will be on offer:
- Free play (all ages) – this is where kids can use the equipment listed above to play without a structured class or instruction i.e. only supervision.
- Active Play (3-7 years) – a fundamental skills development programme designed in conjunction with Stellenbosch Kinderkinetics. It teaches 10 movement skills through simple activities including running, hopping, skipping, jumping, balancing, galloping, throwing, striking, catching and kicking.
- The BASE (4-7 years) – this series of modular blocks and wedges provides children with the opportunity to practice their balancing, ascending, descending, tumbling, rolling, jumping, hopping and crawling skills.
- Go52 (8-13 years) – this is a high intensity interval training class for children (split into 8 to 9 years and 10 to 13 years). It uses body weight exercises only and improves strength, co-ordination, flexibility, mobility and general fitness.
- Cricket, soccer and hopscotch (all ages) – these will be split into age groups.
- Trampolines (all ages) – these will be used for free play and also for small dance sessions (kids love this). This will also be split into age groups.
* From March 19 to 26, the Club-V zones will operate from 9am to 6pm. Kids between the ages of 3 and 13 are welcome, and parents are encouraged to leave their kids at the zones for up to two hours. There is no fee to drop off the kids.
The zones will be managed by Virgin Active staff, who are trained in paediatric first aid as well as Virgin Active training and exercise programmes.
Water will be supplied, but not food.
Also note that a strict sign-in and sign-out process will be applied to all children and parents must please bring along identification with them.
For more information on the Absa Cape Epic and the various stages, visit www.cape-epic.com.