National Lottery funding will help families get active together
Havant and East Hants Mind is celebrating after receiving £323,556 of National Lottery funding from Sport England. This will help low income families to get active with their children.
Four out of five primary school children do not get the recommended amount of daily exercise of 60 minutes a day. Physical activity brings an array of benefits so it is important to get children active. Children from low income families are most likely to do very little physical activity.
Havant and East Hants Mind –Fun families projects is one of the first to receive investment from a £40 million National Lottery funding pot. Sport England has dedicated this to helping families get active together.
The fund is a key part of Sport England’s focus on helping young people have an enjoyable experience of sport and physical activity. They want children to develop a positive attitude towards being active at an early age. With the hope this will continue into adulthood.
Sport England are funding organisations that help families get active together. Parents and close family members can have a big impact on children’s experiences. Sport England research shows that parents are significant role models in helping their children get active. Often how a parent behaves impacts what a child sees as important.
Parents who are active themselves, and enjoy it, can encourage positive feelings about exercise. This will help children see the value of physical activity. Yet many parents lack the skills or confidence to take part in sport with their children. For example, some adults don’t know how to swim or lack confidence on a bike. This has a knock-on impact on the activities they feel they can do as a family and how much they encourage children to take part.
The funded projects will work to address this by building adults’ confidence around getting active with their children. It will provide experiences for families that are enjoyable, convenient and low cost.
Havant and East Hants Mind has been promoting good mental health and wellbeing for the last 25 years in the area. It’s work with families focuses on the link between physical health and better well being. Thanks to Sport England they will be able work with 120 families over a 6-9 month period. They will address a range of barriers preventing them from getting involved. It will show them techniques to build fun sessions into part of healthy routines for families. The project that is funded for the next 4 years also works closely with partner Oarsome Chance a charity based in Leigh Park.
Sport England’s Director of Children and Young People Jayne Molyneux said:
“It’s not right that four in five children don’t get enough exercise and are missing out on the health benefits it brings. Just by seeing their parents being active, children can be inspired to do the same, and if they have an enjoyable experience they’re far more likely to continue as an adult.”