At Simply Sports our mission is to make sport FUN and equip children with the skills they’ll need to confidently participate in sports as adults, leading to a HAPPY and HEALTHY life!
Simply Sports was established in 2011 by Adrian Gatto. Adrian is the PE Teacher at St Francis of Assisi school in Newton South Australia. He saw how passionate the students were about playing soccer and felt that this enthusiasm needed to be harnessed. He then introduced a soccer academy called ‘Simply Football’. The academy was very popular and grew quickly due to students wanting to bring their friends from other schools. Their parents were so impressed with the academy that they approached their school’s sports coordinators hoping to have a Simply Football Academy at their school.
Simply Football then started running programs in other nearby schools such as Rostrevor College and Magill Primary school and has now earned a reputation for delivering quality programs in more than 10 schools. As schools became accustomed to our quality soccer programs, we started being asked if we could do other sports for them. Hence, in 2019 Simply Netball was formed.
As a Physical Education teacher, Adrian has seen first-hand the decline of Fundamental Movement Skills in young children. In 2015 he introduced KinderKICK, to accompany Simply Football, which was a program for Pre-School aged children to learn soccer skills such as kicking and dribbling a ball. In 2019 he adjusted the program to Kinder Sports which focuses on and includes all the Fundamental Movement Skills such as throwing, catching, striking and more. He believes that Pre-Schoolers should be exploring everything they can do with their bodies.
During his teaching career, Adrian also saw a greater need to teach children about their Wellbeing. He believes children need to be taught about having characteristics such as being resilient and confident. Simply Sports now also offers Simply Cricket and Simply Basketball programs