Our children and young people are getting active!

Date Published: 10 January 2020

Children and young people in North Kesteven are getting increasingly active, according to the results of a recent national survey.

Last year saw an improvement of 10 per cent in the number of children and young people in the district classed as ‘active’, over 55 per cent in total.

The results, released by Active Lincolnshire on behalf of Sport England, also showed that the amount of children and young people classed as ‘inactive’ has decreased to just under 18 per cent, which is an improvement on the previous year.

North Kesteven has a great programme of events throughout the year for young people, delivered by our partners such as GLL, Active Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire County Council.

Kids’ activity was given a further boost last month with the district’s first Junior Parkrun launching at Boston Road Recreation Ground.

Cllr Richard Wright, Leader of North Kesteven District Council said:

“It is very encouraging to see local children getting off to a good healthy start in life and staying active wherever possible.

“To have over half of the young people in the district engaged in regular activity is a testament to the hard work of all the sports clubs and centres around North Kesteven, and the volunteers that make it possible.

“Young people who are involved in regular exercise are making an investment in their own health for the future, and will give themselves the best chance to go on to be healthy, happy adults.”

Government guidelines recommend that children and young people should get one hour of physical exercise per day; 30 minutes during the school day and 30 minutes outside of school.

The results of the survey also show that active children are happier, with better development skills and personal wellbeing.

Read the full report on the Sport England website

A young boy on a climbing wall