What does the project involve?
We are training a member of staff and three parent volunteers from each school as Family Activity Champions. This will enable them to facilitate groups of families to commit to becoming more active together, through:
- A series of fun after-school activity sessions for families of all abilities;
- A free equipment pack for families to take home and use together;
- A series of home activity sheets, where families are given activities or challenges to do together at home to try and increase their regular daily activity levels;
- Prizes and certificates to recognise families’ achievements.
This project is aimed primarily at families from low socio-economic groups (defined by Sport England as parents whose highest qualification is GCSE, low paid workers or those on benefits). We are also keen to include adults and children of all abilities.
We hope this project will:
- Improve the health and wellbeing of families
- Improve children’s fitness levels and their readiness to learn
- Develop the skills of parent volunteers to support other families and the school
- Increase parental engagement and support schools’ community cohesion
- Develop a longer term sustainable model to enable families to get more active together in a fun and accessible way
- Enable families to develop positive networks and reduce isolation.