Students’ action to inspire key workers’ children

STUDENTS have produced a series of videos to inspire the children of key workers to stay active during lockdown.

Priestley College’s Sport cohort recorded demonstrations of the tasks as part of a partnership with Warrington’s School Games programme.

It is hoped these videos will now be used in the town’s primary schools to encourage the children of key workers to do their required daily exercise.

“I wanted to help out was because I could only imagine how difficult it has been for everyone caring for young children during the lockdowns,” said former Lymm High pupil Alex Davies, who studies Sport and Exercise Science at Priestley.

“I thought it would help give these children something fun to do and it was also fun participating in the activities at college as well.”

In previous years Priestley students have hosted sports festivals for primary school children in what has been a valuable experience for their development.

Producing the videos was a different if no less valuable opportunity as they had the pressure of demonstrating the tasks on camera.

As well as those studying Sport and Exercise Science, Tutor Phil Knowles also got his Year 1 Sport students involved.

The resource will be downloadable from the Warrington School Sport Partnership website.

“Once again the Priestley College community has helped in the delivery of the national School Games programme to the local Warrington area,” said School Games organiser Colin Grady.

“It’s always a pleasure working with the college sports department and the high quality students they teach on a daily basis.”

Among the challenges posed by the Priestley students was target golf using everyday items to provide some aiming practice.

Other games are called ‘Not in my backyard’, ‘Throwmania’ and ‘Bumping Balance’ and there is even a task involving clearing up items that might otherwise be thrown away.

“Our students have really enjoyed getting involved,” said Sport Tutor Katie Radford.

“It has made them realise some children are missing out on being active because they are not interested in the traditional routes into sport such as football and rugby.”

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