The conference, organised by Sport Impact and Brentford FC Community Sports Trust (CST), highlighted the achievements of Super Active Schools – a Hounslow-based initiative that encourages primary school children to become more active during school time.
With one in five children (aged 4-5 years old) identified as obese, Sport Impact and Brentford FC CST are working with primary schools across the Borough to tackle childhood obesity.
Councillor Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Green Policy and Leisure, Hounslow Council, said:
“Hounslow Council is committed to creating active, healthy communities, which is why the Council funded the first 18 months of the Super Active Schools programme.
“The programme ensures the time children spend at school is as active as possible. Being physically active then becomes part of a child’s daily routine – a pattern of behaviour which we hope will then continue into adult life.
The conference has been a great way to showcase some of the achievements of the programme so far and we look forward to seeing further results for our children and young people.”
Super Active Schools has received widespread recognition for its ground-breaking activities in schools across Hounslow: a staggering 3,500 children have completed the ‘Daily Mile,’ which encourages children to run or walk for 15 minutes each day.
Cranford Primary School has certainly reaped the benefits; its Head Teacher, Meena Walia, said:
“When I was a teacher I didn’t receive in-depth P.E training – it felt like it was the blind leading the blind.
“Super Active Schools is great because you get coaches – that are passionate about sports and P.E – to support staff and deliver our physical education activities. We have filled the gaps of our P.E provision and raised the profile of P.E within the school. It’s a win-win situation!”
If you think your child’s school could benefit from the Super Active Schools initiative, please contact Neil Young on 020 8326 7048 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.