Feb, 28th

Tots Active – A new direction

This weekend sees the beginning of a new and exciting chapter for our Saturday Tots Active programme. Whilst we are still committed to offering the same great service, and the fun packed forty-minute sessions we have always delivered, we are now stepping away from the session being solely structured around an individual sport such as football.

Over the course of the last year we have been observing our sessions with one question in mind, ‘How could we make this better?’ and we feel that we have come up with the answer.

We feel we can make it better by introducing and exposing the children to as many great sports as possible, throughout the weeks a course is set to run. This gives your tots a chance to experience activities they may otherwise not come into contact with until much later in their school life.

We want all our children that attend to have a broad and varied ‘diet of sport’, whether this is represented through athletic pursuits of throwing, jumping and running or more skill based elements of team games, like throwing and catching in the sport of rugby for example. We will of course be returning to the much loved football sessions, on occasion and all of the games we have grown to love, but we are removing the limitations of one activity and providing the opportunity for our youngest participants to see there is a whole world of sport out there just waiting to be encountered!

Who knows this might be the first step in unearthing the next Jessica Ennis-Hill, Johnny Peacock or Usain Bolt for our young athletes out there. It could be the start point in the making of the next Harry Kane or Lizzy Yarnold.

The point is this, whatever the sport or activity, the aim is simple…

Move more. Sit Less. Play Together.

The message given to us from the UK Chief Medical Officers’ Guidelines is as follows:

Active play opportunities should encourage young children to:

  • use their large muscle groups which will aid in maintaining health and weight
  • practise a wide range of different movements which will ultimate aid the child to kick, catch, throw and strike, whilst improving , locomotor control, balance and stability
  • experience a variety of play spaces and equipment will naturally improve object-control skills (enabled by our new philosophy of more sports, more often)

Besides all the physical benefits of participation in the Tots Active Programme we are sure you’ll find a host of psychological advantages, our courses will help the social development of all that attend, the children will be making new friends and as a parent you will be alongside like minded Mums and Dads, Grandparents and carers who want the best for their children too.

To summarise, active children are healthy, happy, school ready children. And here’s the best bit… they sleep better! A fact I’m sure will not go unappreciated with all of my fellow, long suffering parent kin! They are totally worth it though!

So please come and join us soon to see the beginning of a movement we hope will encourage your little one’s first steps towards a life in sport!

James – Director of Sports Active & Tots Active

For more information on what we should be providing for our little ones please read Start Active. Stay Active www.bit.ly/startactive and in particular chapter three – Early Years.