Last reviewed 30 September 2020

A new online platform, featuring inspiring videos and resources for schools, has been launched to mark the recent National Fitness Day and to help pupils stay active and healthy during the school day.

Schools can now access videos on YouTube which will provide creative and entertaining content that helps staff to safely offer 30 active minutes in a Covid-secure environment.

They include:

  • videos from schools and young leaders across the country sharing best practice on how to incorporate being active into lessons, break-times and travel times;

  • content from Sport England featuring their Daily Activators doing the ‘Daily Mile’;

  • inclusive activities for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND); and

  • content to encourage more girls to get involved in physical activity.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “We know that keeping active is a vital part of every child’s education, as well as being important for their mental and physical health, so it’s encouraging to see so many schools adapting to these new ways of working and sharing their experiences with others.”

The new collection builds on the Government’s commitments set out in the School Sport and Activity Action Plan which include ensuring that children are active for 60 minutes every day, half of which should be during school hours.

Welcoming the new initiative, Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver said: “Young people are returning to schools with low levels of physical fitness and poor mental health while social distancing guidelines are presenting new challenges to the delivery of PE and school sports.”