Falkirk Active Schools are taking part in daily challenges throughout February

Staying active every day

Falkirk Active Schools are helping children stay active every day

Thousands of children are keeping active at home throughout February with the help of Falkirk Community Trust Active Schools.

School pupils in the Falkirk area are feeling the physical and mental benefits of being active every day thanks to Falkirk Active Schools.

As restrictions remain in place across the country, people of all ages have been looking for new and different ways to stay physically active. With schools closed and many sports unable to take place, Falkirk Active Schools created online resource packs with a range of daily activities that primary school children could do at home.

The Falkirk Active Schools team were inspired by sportscotland’s #ActiveEveryDay call to action which has taken place in February. The aim of the social media campaign is to stress the importance of making physical activity part of a daily routine, which can have a significant positive impact on mental health and wellbeing.

The age-specific resource packs have been sent out every week, they include seven challenges to complete during that week. The project has been extremely successful, the resource packs have registered over 5,000 views already.

Pete McDougall, Active Schools Coordinator with Falkirk Community Trust, said: “We recognised that we were in a position to help the health and wellbeing of school pupils in the area. Our primary schools are being sent P.E resources from the schools already and we hoped we could add to that with very specific home activities for them to do.”

“We’ve had great feedback from the schools, pupils and parents. It’s about building it into their routine, taking a bit of time for themselves, getting some fresh air and doing something that is enjoyable.

"It’s been important for us to support their mental health.”

“There’s plenty of exercises and activities to do online but this has given it a bit of structure for the children and it’s gone down really well.”

Chief Executive of sportscotland, Stewart Harris, said: “This has clearly been an extremely difficult time for people across Scotland. It is imperative that we all do what we can to look after our physical and mental wellbeing. It is heartening to see the great work being done by Falkirk Active Schools to help children in the area stay active.”

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