Active Steps and Fun Term Time Availability
As winter draws ever closer, many sporting activities begin to take a back seat, particularly for younger children who usually participate outdoors. However, with the season of bugs and colds upon us this is actually the time we should be encouraging kids to increase their physical activity.
The Active Steps programme is for pre-school children and promotes play-based, physically active learning experiences made up of both spontaneous active play in drop-in Playtime sessions and instructor-led, planned activities such as Wee Springers and Kickabout.
Once kids are at primary school they move onto our Active Fun sessions including fantastic instructor-based classes which are carefully planned to offer affordable, enjoyable after-school sessions in sports such as football, futsal, racket sports, table tennis and multi-sports.
TOP TEN REASONS FOR KEEPING YOUR KID ACTIVE!
(All of this, and it's great fun!)
- Physical activity develops children’s self-esteem and confidence as they learn how to overcome challenging situations and further develop social skills such as leadership and empathy.
- Exercise increases the blood flow to all body tissues, including the brain which means better concentration levels both in school and out of it.
- Active children improve their body’s ability to absorb oxygen through aerobic exercise. Due to the increased oxygen in their body’s cells, they feel more energised.
- Active children breathe better and sweat more. Breathing and sweating are great ways to detoxify the body and help it keep “clean.”
- Exercise enhances the brain’s metabolism and studies show that active children have improved memory as a result of better brain function.
- Moderate, fun-oriented exercise increases all of those beneficial hormones while at the same time, burning off excess harmful hormones.
- Studies report that exercise decreases anxiety, reduces depression, and improves mood and outlook in children. In addition, their quality of sleep is improved.
- Active children have a stronger immune system! The body’s ability to fight disease is improved. Children are less prone to colds, allergies, and diseases.
- As with adults, exercise means a reduction of type 2 diabetes, a lower blood pressure, an improvement of the child’s cholesterol profile and a strengthening of the entire cardiovascular system, including the heart and lungs.
- Active children develop stronger bone structure and muscle structure which will last into adulthood.