Active Children & Young People

Being active is really good for your child's body, mind and health. There are lots of fun and easy ways you can help your child move more.

Active Children and Young People

Being active is really good for your body, mind and health – and there are lots of easy ways you and your family can get moving and be Active Together.

There are many ways busy families and young people can build physical activity into their lives. Being physically active is easier than you think, especially if you make activity part of your daily routine.

Here you will find some handy activity ideas, top tips and guidance on how active we should all be and how we can build it into our every day life.

Children and young people should take part in appropriate physical activity every day and should minimise the amount of time spent sitting for long periods of time.

Focusing on these 3 things is a great way to start:

  • Sitting less - aim to be as active as possible, anything is better than nothing!
  • Moving more - all movement counts! Walking, running, jumping, cycling, climbing,'s all good!
  • Spread your activity throughout the day - aim for an average of 60 minutes per day across the week. This can be activity in and out of school.

Two goals for your movement: Breathe faster and feel warmer!

Physical activity is not limited to just sport and fitness. It can be included in everyday activities as well, so find what you love doing!

Our Make your Move flyer provides handy activity ideas for at school, at home and with family.

The Local Offer & Key Links

The Local Offer supports parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and young people with SEND themselves.

The Local Offer aims to provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the opportunities available for families with a child or children who have a disability or additional needs.

For more information click on the relevant links below.

Stay safe in sport and activity

Sport and exercise is fun – it gives you the opportunity to make new friends, try out new activities and amaze yourself with what you can do. As a young person involved in sport or physical activity, you have a right to be treated fairly and enjoy your activity.

If you take part in sport or activity you can expect your Teacher, Coach or Instructor to:

  • Be organised and on time
  • Treat you with respect
  • Support and encourage you
  • Never use bad language

Is something worrying you? Don't keep it to yourself

  • tell an adult you trust as soon as possible, such as:
    • a parent or someone else in your family
    • another member of staff at the sports club
    • a teacher or school counsellor
    • your doctor or school nurse
  • your club will have a child protection officer – find out who they are and tell them about your worries
  • make sure you're not alone again with the person who has tried to harm you.


Is the free, 24-hour helpline for children and young people in the UK. You can call about any problem, at any time – day or night.

Chat online to a counsellor.

You might also want to take a look at Childline's Sport and exercise pages for info and advice on issues relating to sport.

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