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Archery GB supports launch of new activity hub to help children achieve 60 minutes’ exercise a day

April 26th 2021
Vicky Sartain

A new Active Recovery Hub has launched to provide schools, local authorities and families with easy access to free resources to get children moving before, during and after the school day.

Archery GB was involved in the recent sector campaign to deliver an active recovery on the reopening of schools to prioritise the health and wellbeing of children in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Archery GB will be providing content to the Active Recovery Hub, led by Youth Sport Trust and Sport England, with the support of funding from the National Lottery. It follows a commitment in the government’s School Sport and Activity Action Plan to extend the School Games website to help teachers and parents find opportunities for young people to compete and get active. It is also part of an ambitious government investment of £1.7 billion to boost learning and recovery for children and young people following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Archery-inspired ideas

The free Active Recovery Hub will host hundreds of practical ideas to get children moving throughout the day. Schools can search for activities by ‘age’ and the ‘time of day’ they want to get active.

Gayle Pink, Archery GB’s Head of Clubs and Communities, said: “We’re really happy to support the Active Recovery Hub. We know the huge impact lockdowns and school closures have had on young people’s activity levels.

“Archery GB has produced games and workouts as well as an inclusive archery competition to help get children engaged in sport again. Archery is brilliant at developing strength and balance but it is the mental health benefits that we believe will be so important for young people in need of an outlet from the stress of the last 12 months.”

Where is the hub?

The new hub will sit on the popular School Games website and provide the ideal platform to get all young people more active. More than 18,800 schools already take part in the School Games nationwide. A total of 38 sports organisations have provided content and expertise to create a diverse range of activities that are inclusive.

Your School Games, which is funded by Sport England National Lottery funding and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, is a government-led programme designed to deliver competitive school sport to all young people. The network of School Games Organisers and School Games County Alliances have worked alongside the Youth Sport Trust in delivering three distinct levels of competition since the Games’ inception in 2010, ranging from intra-inter school activity, in addition to the National Finals, which is supported by national governing bodies.

Hub activities

The hub has hundreds of resources to help all children achieve the Chief Medical Officer’s recommendation of an average of 60 active minutes a day.

Examples include:

  • A Tokyo Ten virtual active breaktime, 10 minutes of activity to get moving by Travel to Tokyo
  • Mini-games resources, designed by charity Sense to help disabled people to be more active
  • A virtual 30-minute YST After School Sport Club. With hosts including England footballer Rachel Yankey and England netballer Sasha Corbin
  • Move Crew, designed by ukactive Kids and Nike to help young people unlock their 60 minutes of daily recommended activity with activity missions
  • Introductory package to orienteering activities

Mike Diaper, Executive Director for Children and Young People, said: “Helping children and young people have a positive experience of being active is vital so that they can build healthy habits that last a lifetime. After a year of such disruption, this free and easy-to-use resource will help schools, local authorities and families give young people variety and a greater chance to find something they enjoy, so they can get moving throughout the day.

“We simply couldn’t offer these important resources without the support of the players of The National Lottery and the funding they generate. The Hub is an excellent example of the sport and activity sector collaborating to provide fun, enjoyable and inclusive activities for children and young people to do.”

Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said: “The Active Recovery Hub will make it easy for schools to access age-appropriate content so children can be helped to be active, recover their wellbeing and re-engage in school.

“Teachers have told us they recognise the importance of physical activity and the outdoors in children’s recovery, but they have so much on their plate at the moment, we want to make it simple for them. The hub will support schools to find easy to use and engaging content all in one place, removing some of the barriers currently faced.

“With National School Sport Week just around the corner in June, the Active Recovery Hub and joined up approach from the school sport and physical activity sector will be vital in supporting children to have fun and celebrate the life changing benefits of play and sport.”

The Active Recovery Hub is available at: www.yourschoolgames.com/active-recovery

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