Children and young people being helped to keep active at home and school
Posted: Wed, 27 May 2020 10:30
Children and young people are being helped to keep active with a weekly series of School Games activities which can be done at home or in school.
School Games Organisers from across Derbyshire and staff from Active Derbyshire have worked together to create and publish resource packs, which give daily physical activity ideas based on a different sport each week.
Activities are designed to be suitable for all, using equipment found in the home, with a different focus each day such as physical literacy, numeracy, and problem solving, and a virtual competition every Friday with a cultural element.
So far themes have included golf, football, orienteering, and netball, with challenges such as designing or creating your own golf course, showing off your best football trick, passing the ball as many times as you can in 30 seconds, and completing an A to Z scavenger hunt.
The resources are being put together after a survey showed they would be welcomed by many schools across Derbyshire to complement their home learning offers.
Naomi Bennett-Jones, who leads on young people programmes at Active Derbyshire, said: "Thousands of young people from schools across Derbyshire take part in School Games events every year, including our huge county final previously held annually in July. Despite the current challenging environment, the School Games mission - to keep competitive sport at the heart of schools and provide more young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best - remains the same.
"We have been unable to hold events since March, and so have been bringing sport and physical activity, aligned to the School Games values of honesty, teamwork, respect, self-belief, passion and determination, into people's homes and essential care settings instead.
"The response from schools, parents and young people themselves has been great to see, with young people taking on challenges at home, and schools also using the resources in school whilst caring for the children of key workers."
The daily activities aim to keep young people active for at least 30 minutes each day, and also link to ideas on how to achieve another 30 minutes each day, to help them achieve the recommended 60 minutes per day of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity.
All of the resources are available at www.activederbyshire.org.uk/young-people-active-at-home. Each week they are also sent directly to schools by their local School Games Organiser for schools to include in their home learning support to families, and to sports clubs and other organisations which work with young people. Printed versions have also been included in community packs which are being distributed to local residents, where these exist.
Other sports set to be featured in future weeks include tennis/badminton, athletics, cricket, gymnastics and boccia.