As a child, I was brought up by my parents to regularly participate in sport, and I grew to love it! I played as many sports as I could at school; football, cricket, hockey, swimming, athletics. If there was a space on the team I would try to fill it! My main sports were swimming and football and I loved training and competing at the weekends. I won medals and trophies and lost important races and matches. I wanted to eventually be good enough so that when I was older I would be a professional sportsman.
Two things have stuck with me into adulthood though, from my time as a child playing sport. I was told by my PE Teacher that I was too small to ever be a footballer and I would never make it as a professional. I was also made to compete in a ‘swim-off’ against my club rival to find out who would take the final position in the club relay team. This swim-off took place in front of the whole swimming club, and parents, just before training one day. I lost. I can still remember crying in the changing rooms afterwards thinking I never wanted to swim again.
Now, this probably suggests that I didn’t have the mental strength or skills required to make it as a professional sportsman. But at 11 years of age, when adults treat you in this way, it can stick with you for ever, and it matters. The best thing to come from this though was it gave me the drive to create a programme that ensured that no adult would ever treat a child in these ways. That all children are treated with respect, treated as children, and given the opportunity to flourish at their level. This was the driving force and passion behind setting up ActivKids.
We have a duty as adults to nurture children and help them become the best they can be. It can be hard but if we remember the key ingredients of what all children are searching for (fun, play and learning) we can give all children the best start in life.
That is why our ActivTots programme focuses on imaginative exercise, mixing play and story telling to create health and fitness classes.
That is why our ActivKids programme focuses on creative exercise, mixing games and recognised fitness drills to create health and fitness classes.
That is why our ActivTots workshops show children’s centres and nurseries how to engage pre-school children in physical activity.
That is why our ActivKids workshops show schools and leisure facilities how to inspire confidence and growing self esteem in primary aged children.
We’ve made a start, and now it’s YOUR turn!
You can choose one of four simple ways to access any of the programmes:
1. ActivKids natural exercise instructors can teach classes on your behalf (subject to availability)
2. You can book an ActivKids workshop for your staff to learn how to deliver the full, or parts of, the ActivTots or ActivKids programmes
3. ActivKids resources such as manuals and kits are available online at www.activkids.co.uk/activshop
4. You can purchase a 12-month ActivKids membership to receive lesson plans, manuals and marketing materials to start your ActivKids programmes
So there you are, ActivKids in a nutshell. You can become a memorable person in any child’s life by just remembering the importance of childhood and the power to influence that you have.
Make sure you are remembered for the right reasons.
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