Lockdown has posed many difficult challenges over the last few months including for the hundreds of thousands of children who have been off school.
It is currently estimated that 1 in 10 children have done no physical activity since lockdown began meaning their physical, mental, and social well-being will be seriously affected and we know that physical activity can have a positive impact on these areas for everyone.
As children spend more time at home, away from their friends and with limited opportunities to exert energy, it is so important that they have a safe space to play once lockdown restrictions are eased.
“I know first-hand how lockdown has affected my children”, says Participation & Inclusion Manager Katie Glossop.
“Including the mood swings, lack of appetite and being tired and emotional.
“One of the best things we did was add physical activity into our daily routine.
“Every day, rain or shine, we take a family walk after lunch for approximately an hour and wherever possible we spend the afternoon playing games in the garden.”
On June 1st Katie decided to try and help children in her home community by taking on #Challenge1000, to try and raise £1000 for children in Sheffield to help them attend a sports camps for free when lockdown restrictions are eased.
Sports camps are a great way for children to meet their friends, have fun and be physically active. Every day in June Katie completed 1000 reps of an activity or exercise and tracked her journey on Facebook and on her JustGiving page.
Katie has raised over £1,000 to date.
You can help Katie support more children to attend a sports camp for free by donating at:
Click here to watch updates from Katie’s story on YouTube.