Students help develop health initiative in Lancaster primary schools

Students help develop health initiative in Lancaster primary schools

A collaboration between University of Cumbria students, specialist sports coaching staff and Lancaster schools has seen primary school children benefit from a keep fit activity programme.   

A group of second year BA (Hons) sports coaching and development students were trained by north Lancashire school sports network staff in October to plan and deliver Change4life activity sessions in two local primary schools.

Working in small teams, students were linked to a school to deliver four or five Change4life physical activity sessions during school curriculum time.

Change4life is a national health initiative supported by the public and private sector that has been running for several years aimed at encouraging youngsters and their family to lead more active and healthier lifestyles. Through engaging with more physical activity on a regular basis and being aware of healthy options in respect of dietary intake.

The training, which also involved students from Lancaster & Morecambe College, has been well received and it’s hoped could lead to more collaborative work in the future.

“It’s not only a great way to put into practice what the students cover on the module in respect of sport playing an influential role with community health improvement agendas, but also promotes networking with local schools,”Mark Christie, module leader for the community development through sport second year module, highlighted the value of the experience to students and pupils alike. “This work may in turn lead to further volunteer opportunity and/or placements for students, and positively influence the students in respect of career destinations. Meanwhile, the school pupils benefit from having some fun, engaging student-led activities, and the teachers often pick up on the activity ideas the students present for future use.”