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Returning to clubs: A parent’s perspective

Published: 29 July 2020

As the physical activity sector re-opens, many parents find themselves with mixed feelings about sending their kids back to clubs. Sharon shares her experience as her children return to their favourite sport and physical activity clubs.

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Sophie running with headphones in

An unexpected path from Couch to 5k

Published: 20 July 2020

Sophie never saw herself as someone who would write a blog about getting active. But lockdown and a lack of outdoor space prompted her to join the movement from Couch to 5k.

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Discover an app that works for you

Published: 6 July 2020

These days there are so many options available to you when it comes to getting active with technology. That’s why we’re on a mission to find the most effective physical activity apps. However, we can’t do it without the help of local people like you.

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Returning to sessions

Published: 6 July 2020

As restrictions are eased and we look to the future, for many clubs and organisations it is time to start looking at a return to physical activity. We spoke to members of our team who support their local clubs to find out how they are returning.

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Kelly in an outdoor fitness session

Getting active outdoors

Published: 26 June 2020

Getting active outdoors is great for your health and mood. But it's easy to get stuck in an indoor routine. Kelly, our Project Officer for Children & Young People, shares how she got hooked on outdoor fitness.

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What next for physical activity?

Published: 25 June 2020

Physical activity is changing all the time during the pandemic. Alex Marshall from Spot the Gap shares her thoughts on tackling inequalities and grasping opportunities as restrictions are slowly lifted.

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Key worker loves to move

Published: 25 June 2020

Ros shares how she’s managing to juggle being a key worker with her online classes and staying fit and healthy herself.

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Being active and budget conscious

Published: 25 June 2020

Some families find that money can be a barrier to being physically active. Emily chats to us about being active on a budget and how you can overcome this barrier.

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Promoting your virtual sessions during COVID-19

Published: 25 June 2020

A big part of the new virtual world activity providers have moved to has been encouraging and supporting existing participants to move online. Meanwhile, developers have been busy adapting activity finders to help promote sessions to new audiences.

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Making your sessions inclusive

Retaining and growing accessibility with online classes

Published: 25 June 2020

“Sorry I was on mute”, “Is everyone here”, “No you go ahead, you talk”. By now we have all adapted to the many quirks of virtual life. But when your whole organisation is built around accessibility, how do you adapt for your audience?

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Actively connecting with extended family

Published: 25 June 2020

The virtual world has boomed recently, so we wanted to share some ways that you can get active together using technology. So although you may not be together, you can still feel connected!

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Online Learning for Satellite Clubs

Published: 25 June 2020

Satellite Clubs and group activities might be on hold for the time being, but our Youth Project Manager, Emma, has some ideas for online learning that will help your Satellite Club come back even stronger when social restrictions are lifted.

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Emily - Project Officer for Long Term Health Conditions

Keeping active as life changes

Published: 25 June 2020

Emily talks about how her physical activity habits have fluctuated throughout different stages of her life. From childhood and teenage years, to pregnancy and motherhood.

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Emma and daughter

The Silver Linings of #StayInWorkOut

Published: 25 June 2020

Everyone's routines are up in the air right now. With children off school and many parents working from home, everyone is tackling new hurdles. Emma shares how her family are finding their way through and learning to Stay In Work Out.

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Charlotte running

New job, new routine

Published: 25 June 2020

Life changes such as starting a new job can be a busy time. Charlotte talks to us about how she increased her activity levels by saying yes to something new and scary!

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Red January: Kick starting the new year

Published: 25 June 2020

January is usually a month of making excuses and feeling guilty. Jen decided to turn her January around and signed up to Red January. She shares her story of trying to increase her activity levels and improve her mental well-being.

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Young people boxing

Success stories from Satellite Clubs

Published: 25 June 2020

Satellite Clubs are local physical activity and sports opportunities that are designed around the needs of young people. This is what one Satellite Club lead had to say about the impact this opportunity had on Kit...

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Parent power

Published: 25 June 2020

As a parent of two children (9 and 10), Sharon knows what it's like trying to prise them off their PlayStation, tablet and tv and get them out of the house to be active. Sharon shares how she encourages her children to step outside and get moving.

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Learning to coach differently online

Published: 25 June 2020

Coaches are masters at supporting others to develop. But when you’re used to being in a room with participants, online classes present a new challenge. Lynne and Gerry from Bluewave Korean Martial Arts share how they're coaching differently online.

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Managing a rollercoaster of emotions

Published: 25 June 2020

Many people have had their lives shaken up reccently. Having been recently furloughed Jen struggled at first and wondered how she would keep busy and fill up each day. Keen to stay optimistic Jen turned to exercise to keep her mind and body working.

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The social side of sport, injury and recovery

Published: 25 June 2020

It doesn't matter how passionate we are about physical activity and sport. There are likely to be times in our lives when we struggle to be active. A curve-ball like an injury can throw a regular routine and force us to find new ways to move.

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The Secret Runner

Published: 25 June 2020

Sharon, our Strategic Lead for Children and Young People, talks about becoming a secret runner and embarking on a new challenge to improve her fitness and activity levels.

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Looking after me… 2 children and a dog

Published: 25 June 2020

Chauffering, cleaning, catering, peace-keeping: we're endlessly impressed with all the roles a busy parent plays. For many, the thought of exercise on top of that can be a stretch too far.

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Maintaining club engagement during COVID-19

Published: 25 June 2020

What happens when lockdown forces us to say goodbye to the social side of exercise? Kelly from Atlas Fitness shares how they’ve gone above and beyond to maintain community spirit in their club.

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The Importance of Co-Production

Published: 25 June 2020

A core value of the Satellite Clubs programme is co-production. Youth Project Manager, Emma, talks about what this means, and some ways you can co-produce clubs with young people.

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St Bede School trials imoves

Published: 25 June 2020

St Bede School's teachers and headteacher are big promoters of getting kids active every day. The school has an extensive variety of outdoor PE, however, there was not the same excitement from pupils when it came to indoor PE.

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Fitness with Fibro

Published: 25 June 2020

When managing a long term health condition, getting active is about what works for you. Sophie from Basingstoke tells us what has worked for her and how doing the Couch to 5k improved her wellbeing.

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Energise Me at the Young Carers Festival

Published: 25 June 2020

For 20 years, The Children’s Society’s Include Service and YMCA Fairthorne Group have hosted the annual Young Carers Festival. The largest gathering of young carers in the world.

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Mags gets back in the “swim of things”

Published: 25 June 2020

Having felt generally unfit, Mags from Fareham has surprised herself by swimming 2.5km and raising £180 for charity in the process. Mags told us how swimming has changed her life.

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Sara smiling on a not motivated to run run

The ‘Not Motivated to Run’ run

Published: 25 June 2020

When you work full-time and it’s dark before and after work, it’s hard to stay motivated to run through the winter. If you weren’t a keen runner in the first place then we’re impressed if you’re still going.

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Apps that make it easier to exercise

Thumbs up from Tech Explorers

Published: 25 June 2020

Back in 2018 we recruited some Tech Explorer volunteers. The idea behind this was to discover apps that make it easy for people to embed exercise into their daily routine.

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Jen on her bike - cycling to work

Swapping four wheels with two

Published: 25 June 2020

Eager to find a quicker and more active way of getting to work, Marketing and Communications Officer Jen changed her commute by swapping four wheels with two.

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The impact going virtual has had on my home

Published: 22 June 2020

Lock down has changed how we all work and many of us have had to adapt to work from home. But when working from home means virtually inviting a whole yoga class into your house, what impact does this have on the rest of your household?

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A kinder form of exercise

Published: 22 June 2020

Staying motivated to exercise can be tough. For many, it's harder than ever right now. If you're being self-critical, maybe it's time to be a little kinder to yourself. Personal Trainer, Ruth, shares her rollercoaster relationship with exercise.

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