Keeping Young People Active

Tuesday 14th April 2020

Daily physical activity can be really beneficial during these difficult times; helping to keep children active and providing some light relief as a family. Whether it’s a Disney dance along routine, Cosmic Yoga or a Joe Wick’s work out there is plenty to give a go. By encouraging your child to take part in some daily activity you can also help to improve their mental well being and support home learning.


Below are a list of resources that will help the young people in your family to get the daily 60 minutes of activity recommended by the UK Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in fun ways.

All the resources listed here are for activities designed to be carried out indoors or, if available, a garden.
Children and young people can go outside for one form of exercise a day, such as:

• a walk with members of their household
• a run with members of their household
• a cycle with members of their household

but remember all outdoor exercise should only be carried out locally.


Children and young people should always follow the latest official advice on social distancing, which means making sure that they and their parent or carer stay more than 2 metres from others (including friends and other family members).

Sport England have launched their Join The Movement campaign which supports people to #StayInWorkOut. There are a range on resources and online virtual activities that can be found on their website

In addition the activities below have been recommended by Association for Physical Education (afPE), Public Health England (PHE) and Sport England


PE and physical activity for primary school aged children

Boogie Beebies -videos that get younger children up and dancing with CBeebies presenters.
Key stages: early years foundation stage

Disney 10 Minute Shakeups – 10-minute videos based on Disney films that count towards a child’s 60 active minutes per day.
Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Super Movers – videos which help children move while they learn. They support curriculum subjects, including maths and English.
Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage

For more activities take a look at the Ideas for  Families & Children section of our website

PE and physical activity: secondary

Fitness Blender videos featuring a range of exercises and workouts. You can choose exercises by: degree of difficulty, type, gender and whether equipment is needed or not.
Key stages: key stage 3 to key stage 5

For more activities take a look at the Ideas for  Families & Children section of our website

School Games Organisers from Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have been working with SASSOT on the launch of a monthly online resource which will go out to all schools from April 20th. Schools will be encouraged to share this with teachers and parents. The aim of the online resource is to provide a summary of physical activity and mental challenges available for both primary and secondary age young people. The idea is that it will also help parents to navigate the vast amount of information and content that is available around the subject.