One of the most difficult aspects of 'Lockdown Life' is not being able to get out and get active like we are used to. However, there are now plenty of resources online to help get the kids (and you!) active and exercising. Here's a round up of some local and national offerings.
Aspire Sports UK
To lend a (virtual) hand, Aspire Sports have created the Aspire Active Hub. The hub is a free, easy to use, online timetable full of activities, resources and physical challenges for your child to have fun whilst continuing their learning at home. Regularly updated, the Aspire Active Hub is host to the latest reputable, innovative and engaging content for primary school aged children. Whether you’re looking for activities to ensure your child is still getting their 60 minutes of physical activity a day, resources to supplement your child’s school work, inspiration to spark your child’s creativity or ideas to support their wellbeing, it’s all there for you.
Everyone Active takes its mission to get everybody doing at least 30 minutes of activity five times a week very seriously. That’s why they’ve put together an online fitness membership option to help you stay active at home. For £9.99 a month you can access over a 1000 workouts plus lots of hints and tips about staying healthy both in body and mind.
Elite Sports UK
There are lots of online classes to join in with or watch later on their website, which is free to members and £4 a class for non members. Or there is a small selection free on their YouTube channel, including PE ideas for kids. Or go to their Facebook page and learn how to juggle!
Follow their Facebook page and look out for their 60 Second Skill School. A new video is added every day. Or check out their YouTube channel.
Daily exercise sessions on YouTube with fun games and activities.
Complete Cricket has launched a fantastic online coaching service, comprising of individual and group coaching sessions! Sessions will be delivered by Managing Director David Smith and each 30 minute online assessment will focus on technical, tactical and mental skills. Click here for details.
RB Gym and Sport post daily videos to their YouTube and social media platforms that allow children to take part in physical education in the surroundings of their own home. Using everyday household items their videos include Multi-Skills Sessions, Coaches Challenges, Fitness Fridays Videos and much more. You'll also find a series of Maths on the Move quizzes to help make maths more interesting for young children who don't like to sit still!
Six video challenges to perfect your tennis skills at home - click here.
Stourbridge based, Sporting Club Futsal have created a series of videos on YouTube to help children (and grown ups) hone their soccer skills!
Wyre Forest Taekwon-Do, have continued with a full timetable of lessons for all ages - via Zoom. Families can train together too so if 'taking up Martial Arts is one of your New Year Resolutions, you have no excuse now! Click here.
Online lessons (via a Facebook private group) at £10 a month. “No tennis racket or balls needed (if you do, great!). Our exciting programme for 2-6 year olds will be using everyday household objects to improve agility, balance and coordination through tennis based activities. Sometimes you might need a partner (brother, sister, mum, dad) but most importantly, make sure you bring bags of energy”. Get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org for a free 30 minute lesson or book online here. There is also a free YouTube channel with some pre-school activities to try.
Rugbytots Online Live
During previous lockdowns, Rugbytots ran live classes online. During the live online classes, your Rugbytots can expect to have as much fun as they do in a normal class. The coaches will follow a similar programme and improvise with household items in place of the usual Rugbytots equipment. The classes can now be accessed via the RugbyTots Youtube channel.
Les Mills: Global fitness leader Les Mills has a YouTube channel which includes children’s Born to Move classes. Learn how to move like a super hero here.
CBeebies: A bit further from home, CBeebies has some ideas for how to keep active with pre-schoolers, including Andy's Wild Workouts link to all of his Wild Adventures.
PE with Joe: It's back! No article on keeping fit could be complete with out the nations' favourite PE teacher - Joe Wicks! Join Joe each Monday, Wednesday and Friday again at 9am on his YouTube channel for exercise, plus quizzes and dressing up! There's also a huge back logue of videos from Joe from the previous lockdowns.
Youth Sport Trust: 'After School Sport Club' is running every Tuesday and Thursday live at 5pm on the YST YouTube channel. #YSTAfterSchool will help young people develop their multi sports skills and sessions be joined by guest athletes from a number of National Governing Bodies of Sport. Find out more http://bit.ly/3sg1oRA
Of course, we don't NEED technology to get us moving. As the weather improves, try some of these activities too:
- Get outside and go for a walk, jog, bike ride or get on your scooter
- Get in the local countryside and go for a bug hunt
- Do a spot of gardening and planting
- Play garden games likes hop scotch, tag, skipping and hula hooping
- Jump on your trampoline
- Plan an obstacle course or treasure hunt in the garden
- Fly a kite
- Sort your bedroom out and have a change round
- Do a fashion show while sorting your clothes out