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Active Lifestyle programme is a health and well being programme targeted at Manchester Schools.

The service provides schools with a specialist health and fitness instructor / coach who will work with a school class, or targeted group to deliver an activate health and well being module and physical activity scheme of work.

The programme has been tailored to KS 1-3, with all modules linked to the curriculum. The focus of the programme is to educate pupils on healthy lifestyles, with workbooks and resources provided to all pupils as a training aid for learning.

This service will include a minimum of one term (10 week programme) with 90 minutes delivery per week.

The Active Schools team manages the programme on behalf of schools, commissioning lead specialist coach / instructors to support school staff to deliver health & well-being through curricular or extra curricular activities.

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"The Active Lifestyle instructor was brilliant and delivered a fun multi skills activity programme tailored to engage our most in active children. The sessions were very interactive and engaged 15 pupils from year 1 that do not usually participate in school sport. All our pupils thoroughly enjoyed the activities and were asking when the next sessions take place. The sessions were a great success and our pupils have a new confidence and attitude towards PE and school sport."

Sarah Grundy-Cordwell, Crossacres Primary School

Active Lifestyle - The Background

Nationally there are too many young people leading an inactive lifestyle and according to national research undertaken by the Youth Sport Trust (YST), the following has been recently published:

21% of boys and 16% of girls meet the minimum recommended guidelines for physical activity

Children born today are on course to be 35% less active by 2030 (compared to 1961 levels)

1 in 3 children who leave primary school are obese or overweight

The YST report that the impact of inactivity in children damages children’s physical and emotional wellbeing, with increased risk of developing mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. This along with increased risk of chronic conditions such as cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease all contribute to additional strain in the NHS and limiting children’s ability to succeed in school. Low levels of physical activity and aerobic fitness are associated with declines in academic achievement, cognitive abilities and brain functions

Whilst the consequences of physical inactivity are significant so too are the benefits: The following 10 reasons have also been identified by the YST and are written as part of their recent manifesto “Unlocking potential: A manifesto for PE and School Sport”: