New initiative to get youngsters to do more exercise
LEICESTER-SHIRE & Rutland Sport, alongside Leicestershire County Council has launched a new initiative designed to support children and young people to become more active.
The Daily Boost aims to encourage children and young people to do 15 minutes of organised activity at school every day. This could be before school, at lunchtime, after school, or during the school day in an ‘active lesson’.
Children and young people could walk, run, skip, hop or jump around a set lap or loop at school or simply do their favourite sport or activity that gets them active.
The Daily Boost is free and all schools and early years settings will receive resources and rewards and access to a bespoke website to log all activity at www.lrsport.org/dailyboost
It officially launched on Thursday (June 7) and schools can now sign up for the Daily Boost, by registering their school to receive resources including posters, flyers and classroom wallcharts. After every ‘boost’ of activity the school records the participation levels on their wallchart and termly on the website for pupils to earn boost bands and certificates!
The website also features a Boost Tracker so schools can monitor the number of boost activities and participation numbers undertaken over the term and school year.
Geoff Maltby, the Children & Young People Lead at LeicesterShire & Rutland Sport said: “The Daily Boost is just one of our initiatives, as part of our ‘Active Schools’ programme, to ensure that every young person in Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland receives high quality physical education, school sport and physical activity opportunities for the benefit of their health and well-being.
“Our ultimate long-term aim is for every pupil in every school to engage in the Daily Boost. It’s so easy to do just 15 minutes of activity every day and the long-term benefits to our children and young people’s physical and mental health are huge.”