Covid-19: Children and Young People Resources

Active at Home #StayInWorkOut

Despite the covid-19 lockdown easing, many children and young people are still spending a lot more time at home than under normal circumstances and there remains huge challenges for parents, families, communities and schools to keep kids active.

Recent data released by Sport England revealed that in lockdown only 19% of children and young people were meeting the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines for activity; 43% were less active than before the outbreak and one in four young people admitted that they were doing no activity at all.

Physical activity must be a vital part of every child’s day and the sector has been working hard since March to make activity at home more widely available and as accessible as possible for all children and young people.

Below, we’ve collated a small selection of providers* who have an offer specifically for those children and young people below the age of 25.

If you have an offer which you believe is suitable for children and young people that we’ve not included, please feel free to email us.

For help explaining covid-19 to young people, this child-friendly guide may be useful. Additional safeguarding advice is available here.


London Sport – Active At Home table 

London Sport and their tech partners – those that they have worked with through Sport Tech Hub and other tech innovators – have collated a range of free or low-cost physical activity offers. It’s an open, inclusive list of tech tools from London and around the world that people and organisations can use to stay active at home. Accessible on the Active At Home table. 

Health and Wellbeing:

Change4Life 

Don’t let the current challenging situation prevent children from getting the activity they need. The NHS Change4Life website has a host of videos, activities and resources to help get kids moving indoors. Plus, there’s healthy eating tips and resources available.

Sport England

Sport England have pulled together some useful ideas and tips on how everyone can remain active at home, if you’re well enough. If you’ve found a great way to keep active online, use the hashtag #StayInWorkOut on social media to share your idea.

Youth Sport Trust

To help better support teachers and parents, Youth Sport Trust have collated a list of free to use resources which can help support home activity. This includes: Ready Set Ride resources, Play Format videos, Personal Challenge videos as well as Inclusion 2020 activities. 

 


Low-intensity activities:

Daily PE With MSSP

Merton School Sport Partnership have produced several free YouTube videos for primary children that encompass a range of fun and progressive activity challenges. The challenges require little space and combine common household objects making them accessible for everyone.

Euro 2020

The Mayor of London, in partnership with the Football Association of Ireland and Big Ideas present No Barriers at Home; a fun interactive project that brings young people together. The No Barriers 2020 programme allows young people to participate independently, at home.

Go Noodle 

GoNoodle engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts.

Available for free for everyone to encourage fun home activity.


High-energy activities:

Gymrun

Gymrun have uploaded free accessible videos on their YouTube channel. The videos combine both bodyweight movements and short periods of running with seven sequenced exercises. Each session links to the Gymrun Five Challenges.

imoves 

imoves wants to help keep primary aged children as active as possible by offering free access to their imovement platform. Some of their best resources including videos, music and lesson plans are now available free to help pupils stay active and healthy even when they can’t go to school. Sign up

KidsRunFree 

KidsRunFree have been activating children across the UK for over a decade and they want to continue to do so. They have a selection of daily videos of games and activities that families can play together to help stay, fit and healthy.

Moovosity

The Moovisity home app for families and teachers has activities and rewards to help kids build their skills and confidence to move. More than just fitness, Moovosity is designed to create confident movers at home in a fun and rewarding way.

Nike Move Crew

The Move Crew programme, a set of daily activity missions, was launched by Nike and ukactive. This programme has been developed with the expertise of teachers and physical activity specialists, elite athletes, and coaches. Each mission is designed to help kids unlock 60 minutes of activity.

The Body Coach

Access Joe Wicks, The Body Coach, online PE lessons live on his Youtube channel.  The sessions are aimed at children of all ages and are available on demand alongside a number of other short fun workout videos.

This Girl Can 

Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign has teamed up with Disney to create fun dance routines to help parents get their kids active while listening to the songs they love. You can learn their moves or put your own spin on their routines. 

At the end of the day, it’s about breaking a sweat while having a bit of fun. Visit the website.  

 

*London Sport does not endorse or recommend any individual organisation above any others but has provided the following guidance to help families and schools to make an informed decision of which activities may be suitable.


London Sport has created a page which will be updated with any new statements or information from London Sport on the covid-19 outbreak and any impacts on our work.