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What motivates young people to be active?

This animation below and guidance from Sports Coach UK and Sport England is the second in a series of learning for youth coaches in bite-sized pieces. It is the second in a series, the first of which, ‘What makes your sessions Unmissable for Young People?’ can be found here. The third, ‘How to Coach young people when life changes’, will be released at the end of April.

This animation shows how everyone has a different reason or motivation for taking part in sport – these reasons can change with time.

Coaches play an essential role in keeping young people engaged in sport if they:

– Find out why young people turn up to sessions

– Plan and deliver sessions to meet these reasons or motivations

– Recognise when motivations have been fulfilled.

Sports Coach UK and Sport England have been working together to support youth coaches in understanding and applying learning from the latest youth insight Under the Skin. As part of this, they asked young people why they take part in sport or activity. The most common reasons included:

– to meet new people

– to hang out with friends

– to get in shape

– to be healthy

– for fun and enjoyment

– to learn new skills.

The challenge for coaches, activators and leaders is to plan and deliver sessions to meet these reasons for taking part. Use the video to help you consider ‘What motivates young people to be active?’

Remember – all young people are different and will have different reasons for taking part, based on their different experiences, personality and lifestyle factors.

Download the accompanying guide ‘‘What motivates young people to be active?‘.

(Via Sports Coach UK)

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Public Health England introduce new Eatwell Guide

Public Health England (PHE) regularly reviews dietary recommendations as part of its role in promoting public health. In light of new evidence about our diet and health, particularly revised recommendations on sugars and fibre, a review of The Eatwell Plate was undertaken. As a result of the review, a new healthy eating guide for the UK has been developed – The Eatwell Guide.  Continue reading

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NHS launch One You campaign

The National Health Service have launched the One You campaign to help people make healthier lifestyle choices in the modern world. They recognise that modern life can be hectic and people often have little time to exercise or choose the healthy option. This new campaign aims to educate and encourage people to be healthier by making small changes to daily life. Continue reading

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Change 4 Life Champions promote healthy and active lifestyle

Over 65 Key Stage 2 children from 18 schools across Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and Bolsover took part in today’s Change 4 Life Champions Conference.

It was the second of our two Change 4 Life Conferences this academic year and was held in collaboration with the Bolsover and North East Derbyshire School Sport Partnerships.

The event began with an introduction from Change 4 Life Athlete Mentor and former Team GB Volleyball captain, Ben Pipes.  Continue reading

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Get Set to Eat Fresh!

The British Olympic Association in partnership with Aldi, have launched an exciting new Get Set campaign which we think Chesterfield schools could greatly benefit from being a part of!

Inspire your school with free and exciting curriculum-linked resources that can enhance the way you teach 7-14 year-olds about the importance of eating healthy food and get cooking fresh and nutritious meals. Continue reading

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Change 4 Life launch Sugar Smart

Change 4 Life have paved the way for a new campaign focusing on the risks to health when youngsters consume too much sugar. Research has found that on average, children are consuming three times more sugar than they should be, based on the maximum recommended daily allowance. By highlighting the sugar content in certain foods, the campaign hopes to raise the awareness of sugar content and turn people away from sugary foods and towards healthier alternatives.  Continue reading

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