Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Youngsters Go For Gold With Launch Of Physical Activity Matters

Commonwealth Games medalist helps children get fit and have fun

A programme to help keep young children fit and healthy which has been designed by a Commonwealth Games Gold medallist has been launched by Cambridgeshire County Council.

Physical Activity Matters was designed by Jackie Brady, 1994 Commonwealth Games gymnastics gold medallist and Early Years Foundation Stage Adviser for Cambridgeshire County Council.

Paul Hall, coach of Olympic gymnast Louis Smith as well as Olympian, BBC gymnastics presenter and motivational speaker Craig Heap gave inspirational and entertaining key note speeches at the launch.

Delegates were encouraged to 'dare to be different' and treated to an insight into how Louis Smith made it to the top.

The resource is designed to help early year’s practitioners and teachers to support young children to enjoy physical activity.

The package includes advice on how to link planning for physical activities in the early years. Physical development is a key element of young children’s development, and is one of the three Prime Areas of Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The launch of the new Cambridgeshire Resource was held at Hardwick Primary School.

Jackie, said: “Although it would be great to encourage the next generation of Olympic or Commonwealth Games athletes what we want to do is help keep our children fit and healthy in a fun way. We know that childhood obesity is a national issue and this will help tackle that. It was great to see so many people at the launch. This programme is not only for children in Cambridgeshire but will benefit youngsters across the UK.”

For further information please email earlyyears.service@cambridgeshire.gov.uk