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Families encouraged to get up and go this summer

Published on Friday, June 29, 2018

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YOUNG people and families in Leicester are being encouraged to get moving this summer with a free programme of fun activities at their local children’s centre.

Get Up & Go will give people the chance to try their hand at circus skills, have a go on a climbing wall or have fun with a hula hoop, with a range of activities taking place throughout the school holidays at all 12 of the city’s children’s centres.

From Monday (2 July), people will be able to register for the scheme by popping in to their nearest children’s centre to collect their free Get Up & Go passport.

Each time they take part in the various activities, children will earn a sticker to go into their passport – and the first youngsters to collect all 15 stickers will win a prize that will encourage them to be even more active in the future.

The first 1,200 young people to complete their Get Up & Go passport will win one of a range of prizes that includes hula hoops, flying discs, racket and ball sets, and skipping ropes, while everyone who completes their passport has a chance to win a family prize in a free draw that will take place in August.

Deputy city mayor Cllr Sarah Russell, who leads on children and young people’s services, said: “Our children’s centres will be 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.”

Passports will be available from children’s centres from Monday 2 July, with activities getting under way on Monday 16 July. The programme will continue throughout the school holidays until Friday 24 August.

Programmes of activities for each individual children’s centre can be downloaded from the Get Up & Go website – and paper copies will be available to pick up from 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.

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.