Primary pupils in Shepton Mallet and South Somerset Get Set Go to get active and combat obesity

Posted: 6th Jul 2018

Category: Health & Fitness

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More primary school pupils in Shepton Mallet and South Somerset are being encouraged to take up multi sports and wellness activities as part of an innovative programme being delivered by 1610 in partnerships with local schools to help children become more active at a young age.

Staff from 1610 Glastonbury Sports Centre are working with local primary schools as part of the Get Set Go scheme which offers a wider range of sports and activities to local children so that they are inspired to get active and learn new sporting skills.  Pupils at Bowlish Infants School in Shepton Mallet have already been trialling the scheme as part of a drive to enhance P.E. and after school clubs provision.

1610 is expanding the scheme to work with schools such as Charlton Mackerell Primary School in South Somerset to offer new opportunities and access to sports such as Archery to encourage children who may not always enjoy mainstream school sports to try something new.

Organiser Emma Allen from 1610 Glastonbury Sports Centre says that it is vital that we engage children with sport and activities from an early age; “When you look at the national figures on childhood obesity they are really quite shocking with one in 3 Year six  Primary School pupils classed as obese or overweight. There is so much which can be done to encourage children to take up an active lifestyle, with Get Set Go we can incorporate a wide range of alternative sports and activities to persuade children that sport really is fun and for them. We try to offer schools support with breakfast, after school clubs and sports delivery within the P.E. curriculum and the children gain by learning new life skills by working together in a group and to develop self- confidence and self- discipline.”

The Get Set Go scheme will be offered to schools in the Mendip and South Somerset Area from September 8.

 Contact Emma Allen at Glastonbury Leisure Centre for more details. 01458 830090.