Supporting young people to be active

Updated 11 February 2021

On 04 January 2021, the government announced a new national lockdown. Many children and young people are once again online learning at home, and below are links to a number of resources to help children, young people and families get active.

Local resources

Half-term ideas

North East Derbyshire District Council have released some half-term activity ideas for children - and there is the chance to win prizes if you live in Clay Cross or the surrounding area. Activities include a Valentines Scavenger Hunt and an egg carton treasure hunt.
Full details at: Walking into Communities - North East Derbyshire District Council (

If you live in Derby, Derby City Council has also pulled together some Fun ideas to make the most of Half Term | Derby City Council

Dance Around the World

Aimed at Key Stage One children (five to seven), but can be enjoyed by all, we have put together a series of fun dance routines based on different places and countries around the world.

Each routine is easy to follow and lasts approximately ten minutes, including a simple warm up.

Each one is also accompanied by a simple worksheet. Click here to join in.

Derbyshire School Games

In response to COVID-19 the School Games Organiser Network and Active Derbyshire worked together to create and publish a weekly programme of activities to help keep children and young people whilst at home or school during April to July.

Although the series is not currently being updated, the activities are still available to use.

Each pack contains a schedule of suggested activity challenges for the week and daily activity cards. You do not have to do them in the suggested order or in fact do them all, if you really enjoy one day there is nothing stopping you doing that activity every day! These are purely suggestions. Please make sure that all activities are carried out in a safe manner.

We are still welcoming feedback on the resources, and this can be sent to

Children and young people should engage in moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity for an average of at least 60 minutes per day across the week. These resources give ideas on how to be physically active with a different sport theme for 30 minutes each day.

Ideas on how to achieve the remaining 30 minutes can be found below.

Weekly activity packs

Case studies - how schools utilised the School Games resources

A booklet which aims to showcase best practice examples of how schools and families utilised the School Games resources above can be read below.

Time for Wellbeing

ChalleNGe Nottingham has worked with partners across Nottingham to create two digital 'Time for Wellbeing' calendars with a short 2-3min video for each day of the month, with activities based on the 5 Ways to Wellbeing; Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.

There is a Primary calendar and Secondary calendar. The Primary calendar also has family activities to try at home at the weekends; or teachers may like to use this additional content in school. There are also teacher guides to accompany the calendars.

For full details and to download the calendars go to

The resources were created by Nottingham partners so have a few specific references to things in Nottingham, but much of the content is not area specific and includes ideas for being active at home.

National resources

Youth Sport Trust

The Youth Sport Trust has a variety of free activities available on its website, suitable for use in school or for home learning, which can be found at

This includes a series of After School Sport Club sessions which run at 5pm every Tuesday and Thursday until March; a set of Wonder Woman-inspired resources, and a number of 60 Second Challenges available.

There are also free digital resources Active in Mind to support young people's mental health and wellbeing during this time, and prepare them for their return to school.

Throughout the pandemic the Youth Sport Trust has also made some of its Healthy Movers resource cards free to download. Designed to support two to five-year-olds' physical literacy, self-esteem and wellbeing, it is also hosting Healthy Movers At Home sessions every Tuesday and Thursday at 11am live on YouTube.

**The Youth Sport Trust has also created a week of free, virtual CPD sessions for teachers and senior leaders, which will take place from February 22 to 25.**

Topics include:

  • Using PE Premium funding to support young people now and for recovery
  • Strategies for staff and pupils for coping through lockdown

Details of all sessions can be found here.


Living Streets has put together a number of colourful and educational walking activities to support children in learning while staying active.

The walking activities are designed for primary school-aged children, with different activities for ages 4 to 7 and 8 to 11, and ideas for indoor challenges too.

WheelPower Workouts

WheelPower have released a series of new workout videos for young disabled people during lockdown.

There are separate classes for both primary and secondary aged children, but they can also be enjoyed by the whole family together, or as a class at school. Read more

Travel to Tokyo

To celebrate the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2021, Team GB and ParalympicsGB are inviting schools and families to get active with their virtual Travel to Tokyo challenge, a free programme for children aged 5 to 11 and their families.

A number of home learning resources are also available at

More ideas to keep active at home

School Games Organiser Network

To find out more about your local School Games Organiser, and for more ideas on how to keep active, click on the links below.

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