How children and young people can stay active

Children and Young People under the age of 18 should be active for 60 minutes a day.

As with adults, this doesn’t have to be all in one go, it can be in bite size chunks throughout the day.

Here are some online ideas to try:

If you don’t have access to the internet but would still like help and information phone 01273 294 589 or send an email to

Here are some offline ideas to try:

  • go for a walk, jog or run as a family, making sure you follow social distancing measures, you could also join healthwalks
  • younger children can play in the house and outside space if you have some, play activities like den building, dressing up role play, and obstacle courses all involve physical activity
  • make sure children and young people have active breaks away from computers, this can also be for the whole family who may be working online, this breaks up times of sitting down too much 

You may also wish to add more physical education type activities into your daily routine.

Things like:

  • practicing throwing and catching
  • using a hard back book into a tennis racket to practice striking
  • fielding activities with a rolled up sock 

The Youth Sport Trust provide lots of resources on online, and your child’s schools will also have resources and ideas on their websites and virtual learning platforms.