CNG Athletic Development

CNG’s Athletic Development Model

“The CNG Way”



Primary School- Kindergarten (K5)

Kindergarten children need to be active every day. Age four to five is a critical period of development that can lead to a lifetime of physical activity. Children should see physical activity as a fun and exciting part of everyday life.


The CNG kindergarten athletic program focuses on-

- Playful exploration
- Fundamental skill development through fun games
- Learn fundamental movements and link them together in play.


Kindergarten program active offerings-

- CNG Athletics- Condor Kids
- Condor Activities- Pre-ballet, skating, first bike, martial arts, dance (K5), yoga (K5)


Primary School- Grades 1 and 2

Primary school children also need to be active every day. They should be exposed to a variety of sports and physical activities to develop their interests and motivation. Learning fundamental movement skills is a key to the overall development of physical literacy for a lifetime of health, activity, and social well-being.


The CNG grade 1 and 2 athletic program focuses on-

- Multiple activities and games
- No formal competition
- Teaching fundamental movement skills and build overall movement skills- agility, balance, coordination (ABC)
- Well-structured, positive and fun skill development


Grade 1 and 2 program active offerings-

- CNG Athletics- Condor Kids, soccer, gymnastics
- Condor Activities- Pre-ballet, skating, first bike, martial arts, dance, yoga


Elementary- Grades 3-5

Elementary children are ready to begin training according to more formalized methods. Focus shifts to learning, developing, and refining fundamental movement skills and overall sport skills. The emphasis is on training, practicing, and developing skills, rather than on competing. While most children naturally enjoy healthy competition, skills training and practice should be the focus– not winning. This is considered as “The Golden Age of Learning” for athletic skills, so multi-sport participation is important.


The CNG elementary athletic program focuses on-

- Developing physical literacy and fundamental athletics skills
- Emphasis on intrinsically motivating activities for fun
- Multi-sport participation
- Limited formal competitions


Elementary program active offerings-

- CNG Athletics- Practice and interscholastic festivals in soccer, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, track and field, climbing, table tennis
- Condor Activities- Ballet, skating, mountain biking, martial arts, dance, yoga, parkour


Middle School- Grades 6-8

Middle school athletes are ready begin to train and compete in a program that matches their personal interests, goals, and developmental needs. Athletes start to grasp the commitment necessary and the skill sets needed to excel at the next competitive level. The middle school years are also an important time to develop physical activity habits that promote health and fitness, so focus is on participation, as well as, competition.


The CNG middle school athletic program focuses on-

- Increasing focused sports-specific training
- Emphasizing multi-sport participation
- Applying the skills, strategies and tactics learned in formal competitions
- Developing self-worth, self-confidence, and sports specific psychological skills
- Active participation in sports that fit personal interests (individual and team)


Middle school program active offerings-

- CNG Athletics- Interscholastic competitions in soccer, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, track and field, climbing, table tennis, weight training (training only)


High School- Grades 9-12

High school is an important time for teenagers to keep fit and explore opportunities in a broad range of sports and physical activities. It’s also a chance for some to pursue excellence and achievement in athletics.


The CNG high school athletic program focuses on-

- Focused training
- Active and formalized competition
- Specialization in desired sports
- Continuing to develop habits for a lifelong active lifestyle


High school program active offerings-

- CNG Athletics- Interscholastic competitions in soccer, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, track and field, climbing, table tennis, weight training (training only)



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