Welcome to the Horsham District Council Sports Development news page keeping you up to date with what is happening in the local sports community.
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Sport England and the Youth Sport Trust have responded to a pressing need for action following the Government’s announcement of school closures, remote working and social distancing. A workforce of more than 450 trusted and experienced leaders of school sport and physical activity programmes are being redeployed to provide online activities and digital content to support every child in achieving 60 active minutes a day in line with the Chief Medical Officer’s guidance.
Using makeshift skipping ropes and teddy bears as balls, children across the UK are not letting being stuck at home without equipment stop them from achieving their 60 active minutes a day. In the last 14 days, more than 43,100 downloads of free resources from children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust and partner Complete PE have been made, inspiring the nation’s young people to use whatever they have in their living rooms, kitchen and bedrooms to keep moving, access PE and develop physical literacy.
A Loughborough University academic, Dr Janine Coates, has shared practical tips to help parents and guardians deliver physical development opportunities to children at home following the closure of nurseries and other childcare facilities. Dr Coates says, as well as keeping children’s mind active during this difficult time, it is important that parents remember to keep children moving and exploring. This is because these activities aid with physical development, which involves developing control of muscles and physical coordination. It is the primary function in all other life skills and enables children to complete simple tasks such as sitting still, holding a pencil, putting on shoes and reading.
British Cycling has launched a daily activity calendar to keep kids moving and help them to develop new skills, as millions across Britain adjust to life out of school. Using British Cycling’s HSBC UK Ready Set Ride games and activities, the daily activities will be shared through its YouTube, Facebook and Twitter channels at 11:00 each day, until Friday 24 April. They are suitable for children from as young as 18 months to eight years old, and many can be done without a bike – making them perfect for indoor play.
The UK Government has produced guidance for the public on the wellbeing and mental health aspects of coronavirus. As well as considering mental health this guidance considers how to look after your physical wellbeing. Your physical health has a big impact on how you are feeling emotionally and mentally. At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which in turn can make you feel worse. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water, exercise inside where possible and outside once a day, and try to avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs.
10 Today’ audio exercise routines, which have been designed to help older people stay active at home during the coronavirus outbreak, will be available on demand through BBC Sounds and broadcast live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. The broadcasts are the result of a special partnership between Sport England, Demos, Anchor Hanover and the BBC and have been inspired by Japan’s Radio Taiso - which broadcasts popular national daily exercise programmes on Japanese radio.
With current Government advice recommending against non-essential contact and all unnecessary travel, British Cycling is joining with Sport England and encouraging the cycling community to #StayInWorkOut. The British Cycling Race Series – an eight-week series of races and workouts on popular online training platform Zwift – has been designed for people to have fun and stay active during the global uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic.
Some of the country’s leading sports stars teamed up with the NHS last weekend to issue a rallying cry for fans to play their part in showing coronavirus the red card by staying at home. The nation’s top footballers, managers, cricket and basketball players are casting aside their rivalries to unite in supporting the NHS #StayHomeSaveLives social media campaign.
Sport England is making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. The package includes a £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which is now open for clubs and community organisations to bid into. Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available.
Club Matters, run by Sport England, has updated itsr website with a variety of resources to help clubs get through the next few weeks and months. From physical infrastructure to making sure your committee is still functioning, there are lots of things that can be done during this time to ensure that your club can keep running or keep it in the best position possible.