The six week summer holiday period is a long time out of school and whilst children have somewhat earned their break, it’s also vital that their bodies and minds remain active during their downtime.
This period of inactivity can result in a loss of momentum that children have built up during the school year, both on a physical & mental level.
Gone are the days where almost every child on the street are seen running riot in the local parks during the holiday period, instead, the new breed of technology driven child who prefers to remain sedentary is becoming more of the norm. For some kids, it is in fact during school where they get most of their exercise whether that is during break time, PE lessons or at an Extended School club.
But that is why it is no surprise to see that child obesity has never been as high as it is today. Health and social care reported earlier this year that more than one in five children in Reception and one in three children in Year 6 were measured as obese or overweight.
Of course, factors such as diet, illness and the rise in modern technology can collide to have a detrimental effect on health but getting children moving holds the key to combating this worrying increase in weight problems.
However it is the summer that is without doubt the ideal time of the year to be enjoying some active fun outdoors. Check out our previous blog '25 inventive activity ideas to try out as a family this summer' and give them a go.
Fit For Sport have, for over 25 years been committed to ensuring that children remain engaged in physical activity each day. The chief medical guidelines state that every child should be participating in at least 60 minutes of physical activity on a daily basis and Fit For Sport hold a determination to inspire every child to embed this into their routines.
Start as you mean to go is a phrase that springs to mind; we are all products of our upbringing, therefore if children are brought up to have physical activity engrained in their daily lifestyles, they’re more likely to take it into adulthood.
Learning is key to the development of any child and Fit For Sport’s fun-filled Activity camps ensure that children continue to learn during the off season. The camps drive the concept of physical literacy which refers to movement competency; how well children can run, skip, hop, jump, throw and catch. It also refers to motivation and confidence - the better children are at these skills, the more confident and motivated they will be to keep on participating or trying something new.
The activity camps do however; offer something different each day to suite every child’s interest. Take Barnes Primary School for example, who have just put on a nature themed opening week for the children, whilst the camp is also renowned for its multi-sports, arts & crafts and teamtastic games, highlighting the diverse range of activities on offer to the kids that attend.
The supervision is run by qualified and experienced staff who reflect the Fit For Sport's values and are passionate about ensuring that children participate in at least 60 minutes of activity every day whilst making sure that the activities on offer are as enjoyable as possible.
Fit For Sport’s Activity Camps run throughout the summer and you can book at your nearest centre by visiting www.fitforsport.co.uk/activity-camps/find-your-nearest-camp.