Families from 400 households in Sunderland will soon be receiving free activity packs to encourage vulnerable and isolated children and young people to keep active.
The Active Partnership for Northumberland and Tyne & Wear have teamed up with Active Sunderland, Sunderland City Council and Together for Children Sunderland to deliver physical activity packs containing a variety of items for creating indoor and outdoor games and activities to those families which are most in need of extra support.
Lee Sprudd, strategic director for the Active Partnership said, “With more families restricted to their homes, it is easy for activity levels to fall, and for stress levels to increase. We know that keeping active is a benefit to not only our physical health, but also our mental well-being. We hope therefore that these packs will give children who are most in need of support with the means to have fun, stay active and cope during the lockdown.”
The packs contain a variety of items such as bean bags, racquets, skipping rope and soft balls, ideal for creating indoor and outdoor games. Funding for these has been provided by Sport England and the National Lottery.
Lee Sprudd added, “Our thanks also go to the Eagles Community Foundation for providing access to their arena to allow the packs to be put together whilst observing social distancing guidelines, and also to Sunderland Together for Children for distributing these to families they know are most in need.”
Jill Colbert, Chief Executive of Together for Children, said: “We know that promoting an active lifestyle in childhood can prevent issues like obesity developing in adulthood and now more than ever being active can aid mental wellbeing. We’re grateful to all those involved in this initiative and I’m sure children and families will enjoy these packs.”
To find out more about Sunderland City Council and Tyne and Wear Sport visit https://www.tynewearsport.org/. For more information on Together for Children visit www.togetherforchildren.org.uk and more information about Active Sunderland please visit https://www.sunderland.gov.uk/article/12526/Active-Sunderland.