Supporting young people to be active

Updated 11 January 2021

On 04 January 2021, the government announced a new national lockdown. Many children and young people are once again online learning at home, and below are links to a number of resources to help children, young people and families get active.

Dance Around the World

Aimed at Key Stage One children (five to seven), but can be enjoyed by all, we have put together a series of fun dance routines based on different places and countries around the world.

Each routine is easy to follow and lasts approximately ten minutes, including a simple warm up.

Each one is also accompanied by a simple worksheet. Click here to join in.

Notts School Games

The Notts School Games Organiser Network and Active Notts worked together to create and publish a weekly programme of activities to help keep children and young people whilst at home or school during April to July.

Although the series is not currently being updated, the activities are still available to use.

Each pack contains a schedule of suggested activity challenges for the week and daily activity cards. You do not have to do them in the suggested order or in fact do them all, if you really enjoy one day there is nothing stopping you doing that activity every day! These are purely suggestions. Please make sure that all activities are carried out in a safe manner.

We are still welcoming feedback on the resources, and this can be sent to

Children and young people should engage in moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity for an average of at least 60 minutes per day across the week. These resources give ideas on how to be physically active with a different sport theme for 30 minutes each day.

Ideas on how to achieve the remaining 30 minutes can be found below.

Weekly activity packs

Case studies - how schools utilised the School Games resources

A booklet which aims to showcase best practice examples of how schools and families utilised the School Games resources above can be read below.

Time for Wellbeing

ChalleNGe Nottingham has worked with partners, including Active Notts, to create two digital 'Time for Wellbeing' calendars with a short 2-3min video for each day of the month, with activities based on the 5 Ways to Wellbeing; Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.

There is a Primary calendar and Secondary calendar. The Primary calendar also has family activities to try at home at the weekends; or teachers may like to use this additional content in school. There are also teacher guides to accompany the calendars.

For full details and to download the calendars go to

The resources were created by Nottingham partners so have a few specific references to things in Nottingham, but much of the content is not area specific and includes ideas for being active at home.

Youth Sport Trust After School Sport Club

The Youth Sport Trust is running a series of After School Sport Club sessions. The first of the New Year will start on Tuesday 12 January at 5pm and last for 30 minutes. It will then run at the same time every Tuesday and Thursday until March. For more details click here.

Previous sessions are still available to access on demand on the After School Sport Club YouTube playlist

The sessions are for all children and young people to do some sport, develop skills and, most importantly, have fun!


Living Streets has put together a number of colourful and educational walking activities to support children in learning while staying active.

The walking activities are designed for primary school-aged children, with different activities for ages 4 to 7 and 8 to 11, and ideas for indoor challenges too.

Notts Summer Staycation

Notts Summer Staycation is a set of resources which was aimed at providing children and their families with a series of ideas to help them to stay active over the Summer. These activities can still be used at weekends and after school. The activities start at home and thereafter are focused on exploring the outdoors in your local area. Click here to take part.

More ideas to keep active at home

Notts School Games Organiser Network

To find out more about your local School Games Organiser, and for more ideas on how to keep active, click on the links below.

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