Thursday, 9 September 2010

Playball - A Sports Programme


Playball is a sports programme which began some 24 years ago in South Africa and it is now a successful global business. It is not only a sports programme but importantly, also teaches life skills to children. In Switzerland, Playball has only been around for two years and Nadine McGaw – Troxler introduced it firstly to the Pfäffikon area and will soon be expanding closer to Zurich. She will also be training all new area managers and staff in the country. Here are some questions I asked Nadine about Playball.

1. How long have you been involved with Playball?

17 years

2. What made you get involved with Playball?

My daughter did Playball in South Africa when she was 4 years old. I saw that she gained lots of self-confidence and because of it, later became a great athlete, winning many medals. I was asked to get involved and took the chance.

3. How did you work your way up?

I started out as an instructor, then had my own centre in Pretoria called Playball Brooklyn with over 500 children. I decided to move to Switzerland when I was offered the opportunity to launch Playball here.

4. Why do parents like their children doing Playball?

Parents are happy that their children are active and do sports. Also the fact that it is in Swiss German and English is also very appealing.

5. What sports can my child do and what groups are there?

Football, Volleyball, Field Hockey, Basketball, Baseball and Mini Tennis.

Also available is Playgolf and Swimrite. Classes have between 4 and 8 children in each

All groups are taught age appropriate skills. There are 4 groups: 2-3yrs, 3-4yrs, 5-6 yrs and 7-9yrs.

All children receive 2 assessment reports per year as well as a certificate on completion of a programme.

6. What qualifications do you need to be an instructor?

To be an instructor you need to have a love for children and sports. You would also need to have patience, energy and experience or an interest in teaching. Coaches receive extensive training before coaching a class. There are in-house training updates and courses every 12 weeks.

7. What opportunities are there if I want to be involved in Playball?

You can train as an instructor/coach and when qualified work for a centre or buy a franchise.

8. What ist he response so far? The response is very positive from the parents, lots of good feeback. Word of mouth is a important marketing tool for Playball.

9. Will my child learn other skills other than physical ones? Yes, Playball is also a very social oriented programme and such important skills such as independence, co-operation, respecting other children, and helping with self-confidence are taught.

10. What is your ultimate goal while living in Switzerland? That Playball is available to all children and that it would be part of the Swiss Educational System.

If you are interested in your child participating in Playball or in a job opportunty please contact Nadine directly.

The website is, please check it out!

Thanks to Nadine.