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Physical activity, health and wellbeing

Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that primary school children undertake at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day in school. Schools also now have to demonstrate how they are using the PE and sport funding to engage all pupils in regular physical activity.

Ensuring that PE, sport and physical activity is of a high quality and is accessible by all, can play a major role in maintaining and improving the health and wellbeing of young people. Children and young people’s participation in physical activity is important for their healthy growth and development. It can reduce the risk of chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease and improve their general health and wellbeing.

Physical activity is also associated with lower levels of anxiety and depression, with children being happier about their appearance and reporting higher levels of self-esteem, happiness and satisfaction with their lives.

The aim of GHLL is to help children and young people achieve their full potential and lead long, healthy, happy lives. Active Gloucestershire works in partnership with GHLL to enable schools and colleges to support children and young people to make positive choices and improve their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Find out more

Change 4 Life sports clubs Change 4 Life sports clubs have been created to help schools increase physical activity levels in less active seven to nine year olds. The clubs strive to create an exciting and inspirational environment for children to engage in school sport. Contact your local school games organiser for further information click here Additional Change 4 Life resources can be found here

Primary Leaders is a Sports Leaders UK package that enables primary schools to develop leadership skills in their pupils. The package provides access to the PlayMaker award and Energy Club activity cards, which provide practical activities for your staff and PlayMakers to deliver to younger students.
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In 2016/2017 Active Gloucestershire launched the Gloucestershire Daily Mile, in partnership with Gloucestershire NHS, Gloucestershire County Council and Cheltenham Racecourse. Now over one in four primary schools in Gloucestershire and 10,000 pupils are more active as a result of this simple, fun and accessible initiative. For further information please click here

The Balanceability programme offers children a great opportunity to become competent cyclists at an early age through the development of balance and control. For further information please click here

Bring Bikeability into your classroom and train pupils from years 5-7 to cycle safely with a range of games, interactive discussions, creative ideas and lesson plans, all designed to inspire the whole class to get on their bikes.

Youth Sport Trust deliver programmes and initiatives that improve health, attendance, academic achievement and raise whole-school standards. For more information click here

Make the case to your headteacher, staff and colleagues to become an active school with these excellent infographics from the Designed to Move report.