Children and Young People

Making our Move, our shared vision for Uniting the Movement in Notts and Derbyshire, includes a shared aim to enable children and young people to have positive experiences of being active throughout their childhood.

What are we aiming for?

  • More young people enjoy being active
  • Young people are involved in developing opportunities that are right for them
  • An early focus on developing the skills and confidence to lead an active life
  • Resource and capacity is proportionately focussed on young people experiencing the greatest inequalities

Resources during COVID

The impact of COVID on children and young people has been vast and wide-ranging, and schools are seeking to understand and then act on the specific needs of their pupils.

Active Notts and Active Derbyshire has produced 'Recovery and moving on with COVID' which includes case studies collated in November and December 2020 following the first lockdown and after pupils had been back in school for a couple of months.

The detail and learning incorporated in the case studies may prove useful as schools look to rebuild pupils' confidence, sense of belonging and wellbeing, and schools may wish to consider how some of the learning from these schools could be used to help inform their own plans.

To help schools prepare for pupils' return to school, the Youth Sport Trust shared some principles and ideas for school staff to consider around the role of PE in helping young people re-engage with the school environment and overcome some of the challenges COVID-19 has brought.

Supporting Young People to be active

In response to COVID-19 the Notts School Games Organiser Network and Active Notts worked together to create a programme of activities to help keep children active at home or at school during the spring and summer terms.

Further details of the resources which are still available are here.

PE & School Sport

In Nottinghamshire, we are determined to develop children's enjoyment of Physical Education, Sport and Physical Activity from an early age.

With this in mind, we have developed a range of tools, resources and training courses to help improve the standards of teaching and learning and to meet the needs of all children across the city and the county.


Evidence shows that healthy active children achieve more. PE, sport and physical activity:

  • Improves physical health
  • Improves mental health
  • Improves levels of cognition and educational attainment
  • Improves future employment prospects
  • Reduces anti-social behaviour, improves attendance and behaviour
  • Improves social cohesion

Active Notts in partnership with area School Games Organisers (SGOs) offer a comprehenshive range of continuous professional development (CPD) programmes for all primary schools in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. CPD for all teachers, in particular subject leads for PE should be at the forefront of Head Teachers considerations when deciding how to spend the funding allocated to their school, as it ensures quality of delivery and sustainability for the future.

Notts School Games

The Notts School Games inspire young people to be physically active for life through positive experiences of daily activity and competition.

The School Games aims to provide every child with a positive experience in an environment where the young person's motivation, competence and confidence are at the centre of the competition.

There are 3 key levels of the Notts School Games, for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, as follows:

Level 1: Intra-School Competition

For many young people, this is the first experience of sporting competition, featuring relevant sporting opportunities (form, house and PE based competition) within each school. Level 1 may also include awards systems designed to encourage young people to reach their personal best e.g. Aviva UKA Academy Sportshall Awards.

Level 2: District Level Inter-School Competition

At this level, individuals and teams represent their school, competing against other schools from the same district areas in select sports and events.

Level 3: county provison/offer

The county provision/offer is a menu of opportunities as agreed by the School Games Organisers (SGOs) and Active Notts. This menu will consist of a number of opportunities targeting those young people most in need across the county, based on local intelligence.