Over 100 Key Stage 2 pupils from 27 schools took part in the fun and exciting activities at the Change4Life Champions Conference.
It was the first of two Change 4 Life Champions Conferences that we are running this academic year and was held in collaboration with the Bolsover and North East Derbyshire School Sport Partnerships.
Using modules developed and supported by the Youth Sport Trust, who have harnessed the inspiration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, we aim to provide training for Key Stage 2 Change 4 Life Champions so they can be positive role models for their least active classmates. The Champions will now be able to go back to schools, implement some of the things they have learned and support Change 4 Life Clubs of their own.
Sarah Evans, Leadership and Physical Activity Officer at the Chesterfield School Sport Partnership, said: “We wanted the day to be fun and engaging for the Champions. The Change 4 Life Champions have learned how to run Change 4 Life programmes and how to publicise a healthy and active lifestyle. I can’t wait to see what they come up with.”
Our athlete mentor, Ben Pipes who represented Great Britain in Volleyball at the London 2012 Olympics, delivered inspiring messages and talked about his journey in life. However, instead of just telling everyone, he decided to smartly act out his life by getting the children up and active by acting out the sports he used to play. The children went onto play a couple of warm up games with Ben until he split them off into their separate groups.
The event was run over three workshops: Leading, Inclusion and Creativity.
The leading champions workshop was designed to explore interactive activities to help share the health & wellbeing messages.
India, from the Chesterfield School Sports Partnership, said: “try and make the club as fun and positive as you can. Whilst remembering to deliver an active lifestyle message”.
The inclusion workshop helped the champions explain and demonstrate use of the STEP model; Space, Task, Equipment, People to ensure all young people are included and active.
One champion from North Wingfield Primary, said: “the space could be bigger by adding another few lines from the opposite badminton courts so we have more space to move around in”. The game ran very well and the champions came up with many ideas for each word of STEP. A pupil from Brockwell added: “we could use two balls so there would be two people on and two ball carriers, when someone gets tug they have to stand still and the only way they can be freed is by catching the ball from the ball carriers”.
When asked what advice would you give a parent/person to motivate a young individual to be active and eat well? Athlete Mentor, Ben Pipes, said: “It is important to encourage them to try new things, everything is different to start with and working with new people can be tough but keep going! Food is fuel and fuelling with the right balance of all the different types of food makes us feel great.”
There was also a deliverer’s workshop for teachers which ran parallel to the conference. Attended by 30 energised members of staff, the Change 4 Life Deliverers workshop developed the knowledge and expertise of school staff and club deliverers to effectively deliver Change 4 Life Clubs. It was also used to raise achievement and impact on whole school priorities.
Delivering the workshop, John Barker, Partnership Development Manager at the Bolsover School Sport Partnership, said: “It was a privilege to deliver the Change 4 Life workshop to an engaging audience of staff, who all acknowledge the crucial role physical activity plays in developing healthy active young people and the positive impact this plays on whole school outcomes.”