A new Active Recovery Hub has been 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.
The Youth Sport Trust and Sport England have led the creation of the Active Recovery Hub with the support of funding from the National Lottery.
This 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.
The new hub will sit on the School Games website and provide the ideal platform to get all young people more active. A total of 38 sports organisations have provided content and expertise to create a diverse range of activities that are inclusive.
The hub has hundreds of resources available on it to help all children achieve the Chief Medical Officer’s recommendation of an average of 60 active minutes a day. See below for some examples of what is included on the website:
- 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.
Numerous stakeholders have commented on the resource, please see below for some of these thoughts.
Lisa Wainwright, CEO of the Sport and Recreation Alliance
“The release of the Active Recovery Hub comes at a time when physical activity must be made as accessible as possible for our children and young people.
“Following the impact of lockdowns and school closures in the last year, resources such as these are essential in making sure that children can easily engage with, and enjoy the benefits of, sport and recreation.
“This welcome innovation led by the Youth Sport Trust and supported by the sector, will provide those who deliver school sport the tools needed to get every child outside and playing again.”
Huw Edwards, CEO at ukactive
“The Active Recovery Hub is a really positive and important tool, as part of a sector-wide effort, to support the health and wellbeing of children and young people. The last year has had an enormous impact on our children’s activity levels and it is of the upmost importance that we invest in their health and wellbeing as part of this recovery period.
“Sport and physical activity in school, home and community settings provides invaluable opportunities for children to develop physically, socially and emotionally, and it is vital that our recovery efforts and our charge to build back better embrace an unwavering focus on children’s health and wellbeing.”
Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust
“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.”
To access the recovery hub please click on the link below and forward to partner organisations, paretns and local community groups to help get more children and young people physically active.