New ini­tia­tive to get youngsters to do more ex­er­cise

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE - PETE WAR­RING­TON pe­ter.war­ring­ton@reach­plc.com

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.”

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