Children from Dales primary schools are learning how to become Champions for Health as part of a nationwide programme that was launched at a conference for Derbyshire primary schools organised by the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership last week with the Youth Sport Trust.
18 primary schools from across the whole of Derbyshire (including Castle View Primary in Matlock; Bakewell Methodist Junior School; South Darley Primary School and Osmaston CE Primary School) took part in the conference held at Arc Leisure in Matlock. The scheme is part of a Change4Life pilot programme, run by the Youth Sport Trust.
Ahead of the opening ceremony, Derbyshire County Councillors, including Cllr Kevin Gillott, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children and Young People (Clay Cross South), and Directors of Derbyshire Sport, Hayley Lever and Ilana Freeston, enjoyed fruit smoothies from Sainsburys and heard ideas on healthy living from Derbyshire Community Health Service.
During the days Young Leaders from Highfields School who had been trained by the Youth Sport Trust, delivered fun, engaging and informative ‘active healthy lifestyle’ workshops to children nominated by primary schools to become School Champions so they will be able to help fellow pupils to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Janice Price, the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership Manager said, “Establishing healthy eating patterns and encouraging physical activities in the early years is the best way to ensure a better quality of life for our children. Empowering pupils at primary school with the knowledge to help advise their friends at school and family sends out a really strong message and also helps teach vital skills like leadership.”
Jayne Allen, School Sport Coordinator at Highfields, part of the RDSSP network, said: “We’ve found that the younger pupils look up to the older secondary school volunteer leaders and respond to them positively. For their part it teachers our students invaluable skills like presentation and gives them confidence which boosts their chances of getting into university and finding work.”
Philippa Youlden from the Youth Sport Trust said, “The Youth Sport Trust is pleased to be piloting the new Change 4 Life Champions project in Derbyshire. Young leaders from Highfields School have been trained to deliver fun engaging and informative ‘active healthy lifestyles’ workshops to the newly appointed Change 4 Life Champions from Derbyshire primary schools.”
“They will now form part of the national Change 4 Life programme along with Change 4 Life Primary Sports Clubs delivered across the country through the Youth Sport Trust. It has been great to see so many engaged and informed Champions ready to promote the message of leading active and healthy lives, back in their schools.”
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a) Derbyshire Primary School Change for Life Champions
b) Derbyshire Primary School Change for Life Champions listening to presentation by athlete mentor & GB hockey player, Charlotte Hartley (in red)
c) Derbyshire Primary School Change for Life Champions in workshop with Highfields School Young Sports Leader Mimi Evans (in blue)
Press release: Thursday 20 Feb 2014
Notes to Editors:
• Councillors who attended the conference on 13 Feb 2014 were Councillor Kevin Gillott, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Clay Cross South and Councillor Jim Coyle, Deputy Cabinet Member, Children and Young People, South Normanton & Pinxton.
• Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership works closely with Infant, Primary, Secondary & Special schools to develop opportunities for high quality PE & sport in the Dales & Hope Valley. Our aim is to support schools to deliver an inclusive and enjoyable PE curriculum which is enhanced with extra curricular opportunities to develop & extend skills & abilities through competition and sports festivals. Find out more: http://ruralderbyshiressp.org.uk
• The Youth Sport Trust is an independent charity devoted to changing young people’s lives through sport. Established in 1994, we are passionate about helping all young people to achieve their full potential in life by delivering high quality physical education and sport opportunities. Find out more: http://www.youthsporttrust.org/