3.5m active minutes logged during Northamptonshire Sport ‘Lockdown League’
Posted: Thu, 25 Feb 2021 10:03
This year, children and young people In Northamptonshire have had to be creative in ways to stay active. The third lockdown meant that their usual school-based extra-curricular and community-based activities and clubs were cancelled.
Northamptonshire Sport stepped up to help with the Lockdown League. The League is a five-week inclusive physical activity challenge that brought together 28 secondary and special schools from every corner of the county, promoting and encouraging students, staff and families to be active in any way they can.
The final round of fixtures has taken place over the past week with four schools vying to be crowned the overall champions of the 'Lockdown League'. The outcome of the final resulted in Friars Academyedging out strong competition from Corby Business Academy, Isebrook SEN College andMaplefields Academy.
Calvin Farrar, PE Teacher at Friars Academy said:
"Winning the Lockdown League means taking part in any physical activity brings even more reward. It has helped us connect even more with our staff team and students throughout the competition and has kept us motivated to engage in movement, in whatever fun way we can."
Since the launch of the competition in the middle of January, schools have been paired against each other in the week-long group and play-off fixtures. As the week has progressed, students have been logging the number of active minutes they have completed at home and at school via the Northamptonshire Sport website. The schools that achieve the highest total number of active minutes win. In total, over 18,000activities, ranging from walking and cycling to online fitness workouts, have been logged totalling 3.5 million active minutes.
At the end of the 'Lockdown League', students and staff were surveyed to help identify the impact the challenge has had on their physical and mental health. The survey found that:
- 92% of students reported that they maintained or increased their physical activity levels during the Lockdown League
- 70% of students agreed that taking part in the Lockdown League has improved their physical health
- 58% of students agreed that taking part in the Lockdown League has improved their mental health
- 59% of students stated they will maintain their physical activity levels after the end of the Lockdown League
- 61% of staff stated the Lockdown League influenced their PE and physical activity offer
- 48% of staff agreed or strongly agreed that the Lockdown League helped engage their students who were homeschooling
The feedback from schools on the Lockdown League has been universally positive, with many noting the creativity and dedication from the Northamptonshire Sport School Sport team. As the current lockdown comes to an end, the team continue to promote and advocate the Chief Medical Officer's recommendations of 60 Active Minutes per day.
Paul Lamb, Head of PE at Maplefields Academy said:
"For us, the Lockdown League has been such a welcome addition to our offer especially during this period. I am inundated with screenshots of walks throughout the week and weekend and the fact that we are competing has really motivated students and staff!"
Jill Silverthorne, Headteacher at Bishop Stopford School said:
"It's been brilliant to have the Lockdown League to reinforce our sense of community whilst we're apart. We have used it to bring a competitive element to complement the remote activity we were already providing for our students. It started slowly, but after the first week and some motivational promotion, engagement levels took off!"
Stuart, Head of PE at Corby Business Academy said:
"Our Principal has really engaged with this competition and it has influenced PE and physical activity at CBA in a hugely positive way. The Principal has made all staff in every subject have five minutes activity at the start and end of online lessons this week to increase our minutes. Students are really enjoying the benefits of physical activity."
To find out more about the Lockdown League, click here