A free online ‘after school sports club’ is due to be launched by the Youth Sport Trust this week following the ban on sports for children outside of school during the second coronavirus lockdown.
Similar to Joe Wicks’ ‘PE With Joe’, which helped keep the nation active during the first lockdown, the 30-minute club will be held at 5 p.m. each day of the week and will be run by a different member of the mentor network. of YST athletes, starting Thursday with world No. 1 in-line skater and 10-time British champion Jenna Downing.
Former Olympian Jeanette Kwakye and Paralympian Kate Gray are among other role models for top sessions designed to support schools struggling to offer extracurricular sports during month-long restrictions.
Aimed primarily at primary-age children, each club day has been assigned a different theme – Adventure Monday, Tuesday Game, Wild Wednesday, Reflection Thursday, and Fun Friday – some of which will involve the use of household items. .
The YST said it would work with the sports sector and its national network of partners to develop the sessions from a range of expertise and share ideas.
Downing, who became the latest sports figure to support The daily telegraph The “Keep Kids Active in Lockdown” campaign said, “The after school sports club is going to be so much fun. I think I speak for all of the YST athlete mentors when I say we look forward to launching and helping children and youth fill the sporting void in their lives that has been created by this lockdown.
“Maintaining access to sport and quality physical education is vital for the health and well-being of young people. During the first national lockdown, nearly half of the young people became less active. This has led to the children becoming physically unfit and struggling with their mental health.
“Staying active and engaged in sport is a critical way to help alleviate the damage done to a generation of young people during these difficult times. The after school sports club will teach skill development and physical literacy, but above all it will be fun and a chance for kids to connect through sports.
The After School Sport Club will run for five weeks until December 18 and children and youth can participate live by visiting YST’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/user/YouthSportTrust.