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Activities help families to get up and go this summer

Published on Thursday, August 9, 2018

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THERE’S still time for children and young people in Leicester to get moving this summer, thanks to a programme of free activities at the city’s 12 children’s centres.

The ‘Get Up & Go’ campaign is giving children and families the chance to try their hand at circus skills, have a go at a new sport or have fun with a hula hoop – activities guaranteed to make exercise enjoyable!

Families can register for the scheme by popping in to their nearest children’s centre to collect their free Get Up & Go passport.

Activities next week include Get Up & Go fun at New Parks children’s centre on Monday (13 August), a visit to Gorse Hill Farm and Get Up & Go activities on Humberstone Park on Tuesday (14 August), family sports at Braunstone Leisure Centre and the chance to learn circus skills at Maidstone Road play area on Wednesday (15 August), Family Fun at Highfields children’s centre on Thursday (16 August), and a Get Up & Go breakfast club at Eyres Monsell children’s centre on Friday (17 August).

Deputy city mayor Cllr Sarah Russell, who leads on children and young people’s services, said: “Our children’s centres are offering some fantastic free activities for families throughout the school holidays.

“Pop in to your local centre to find out what’s going on – and don’t miss out on a great opportunity to meet up with other families and keep your children active this summer.”

Get Up & Go continues throughout the school holidays until Friday 24 August.

Programmes of activities for each individual children’s centre can be downloaded at families.leicester.gov.uk/get-up-and-go – and paper copies are available from all children’s centres.

Get Up & Go is Leicester City Council's summer activity programme that complements Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust's Move it Boom campaign.

More ideas for free or low cost activities for children and young people in Leicester are listed in the city council’s Summer Fun Activity Guide – available to download at www.leicester.gov.uk/activeleicester

Advice from Public Health England is that children aged between five and 18 should aim to do 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity – such as dancing, running, bike riding, football, or trampolining – every day.

Children should also aim to do muscle-strengthening activities – such as hopping and skipping – at least three days a week.

A city council survey in 2016 showed that around 18% of Leicester children exercise every day, with 4% doing no exercise at all.