Larkhall Academy, Newfoundland- St. John's

Larkhall Academy is a K-6 elementary school in inner-city St. John’s Newfoundland. One of Larkhall’s healthy-school goals is to commence a volleyball program for students.  A number of years ago the school had to discontinue volleyball due to the low level of safety and disrepair of the volleyball posts. Because of the Fundraising efforts of GoodLife Fitness St. John’s Atlantic Place students of all abilities will now be able to participate in volleyball.

Volleyball encourages co-ordination, strength & movement, and it is a social and team-building experience for all players.  Since players rotate through all positions, they have more understanding and empathy for co-players.  Because both genders excel equally in this sport, it is a sport that boys and girls can play together.  In short, it is a skill-building, team-building, inclusive game.

With a grant from GoodLife Kids Foundation, approximately 190 children at Larkhall Academy have the opportunity to learn a new sport, experience the benefits of team work, and increase their physical activity levels through the new volleyball program.

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