Wellbeing boost for school children as Youth Activators return

A council-run scheme designed to help improve children’s physical and mental wellbeing has resumed in primary schools across Cherwell.

Published: Thursday, 9th July 2020

Run by Cherwell District Council’s Youth Activators, almost 500 children have taken part in sports sessions in the last three weeks, which have been specially adapted to ensure social distancing can take place.

The activities are running at five primary schools in the district including: Hill View and St Mary’s in Banbury; Sibford Gower Endowed Primary School; Christopher Rawlins in Adderbury and Bure Park Primary School in Bicester. In Kidlington, bespoke sessions have taken place to support children with behavioural issues.

Cllr George Reynolds, Cherwell’s lead member for leisure and sport said: “It’s great to see the Youth Activators are back in schools, inspiring youngsters to get moving and embedding healthy habits from an early age. With children unable to access regular PE sessions during lockdown, it’s essential that youngsters who are now back in schools are encouraged to get active to support their physical and mental wellbeing.”

Prior to COVID-19, the sessions tended to be based around team sports but they have now been altered to a circuit-style format, enabling pupils to take part in their own mini-bubble. Other measures have also been implemented, including regular hand washing, to ensure the safety of all those involved.

For children unable to attend school, families can stay active at home by following the Youth Activators on Instagram @youthactivators and taking part in their video challenges on Cherwell District Council’s YouTube Channel.

Other ideas can be found on Cherwell’s activity and wellbeing hub.