Nothing soft about trying new sports in Mitchell
LIVING in Mitchell, Hayden Tate is used to playing rugby league - but this summer he has a choice.
The 10-year-old is one of the dozens of kids who have taken part in the Mitchell Junior Sports Clinics, which are already in their third month.
Having already begun with golf and hockey, organiser John Birkett said it was giving younger kids a chance to try a sport other than the "big two" of rugby league and netball.
"My wife thought of it. All the kids have is football, netball and swimming - there's nothing actually organised," he said.
"It's just to expose kids to different sports. Not every kid likes footy. The parents also get to sit down and have a great chat - hockey was a hit, so we're hoping softball will be as well."
Hayden and his school mates play rugby league during winter, but he said he was excited to try something new.
"I really like hockey, because I'd played it before," he said.
Hayden's father John coached his son in football, but even he admitted Mitchell kids deserved to have choice.
Birkett, who is also the president of the Mitchell Magpies, thanked St Patrick's Catholic School, Mitchell State School, Jeremy Heslop and the Mitchell Golf Club for their help.
The softball sessions start this afternoon at the Mitchell RSL and Combined Sporting Complex.
Call John on 0427 231 115 for more information.