Wellbeing boost for school children as Youth Activators return

A council-run scheme designed to help improve children’s physical and mental wellbeing has resumed in primary schools across Cherwell. The Youth Activators, funded by a grant from Sport England, have enabled almost 500 children to take part in sports sessions in the last three weeks, which have been specially adapted to ensure social distancing can take place. In Kidlington, bespoke sessions have taken place to support children with behavioural issues.

With children unable to access regular PE sessions during lockdown, it’s essential that youngsters who are now back in schools are encouraged to get active to support their physical and mental wellbeing.

Prior to COVID-19, the sessions tended to be based around team sports but they have now been altered to a circuit-style format, enabling pupils to take part in their own mini-bubble. Other measures have also been implemented, including regular hand washing, to ensure the safety of all those involved.

For children unable to attend school, families can stay active at home by following the Youth Activators on Instagram @youthactivators and taking part in their video challenges on Cherwell District Council’s YouTube Channel. Other ideas can be found on Cherwell’s activity and wellbeing hub at www.cherwell.gov.uk/activity-and-wellbeing-hub

The Youth Activators also run free sessions for FAST families encouraging parents and children to stay active together. During COVID-19 these activities paused but will be recommencing in the summer, initially on a referral basis.

Cherwell’s Youth Activators YouTube videos can be found at: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIn8ro1Hpyd5MZNsI5KxURdacDVA9lMGM