Stoke-on-Trent Change4Life Programme Launch, Friday 16th May 2014 at Excel Academy

The Excel Academy has been chosen to host the new Change4Life programme in Stoke-on-Trent. As the new hub site for this health and well being programme for Primary aged children, the Sneyd Green based academy will provide equipment, training and resources for Change4Life club leaders, coaches, sports leader and Primary champions. Currently 30 primary schools are taking part.

Change4Life clubs is an exciting programme for Years 1 to 6 aimed to harness the inspiration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to engage less-active primary aged school children in physical activity and healthy eating. The clubs take the principles and specific skills from a range of Olympic and Paralympic sports and place them in a fun, vibrant and exciting activity health club giving young people the confidence and competence to adopt a lifelong healthy lifestyle.

With this in mind, Right Honourable Tristram Hunt MP for Stoke Central and Shadow Education Minister were invited to provide a keynote address at the programme launch on Friday 16th May. Partners from the Health Improvement Team, City Council, Keele and Staffordshire Universities and Stoke City Football Club were also invited. 44 Primary schools have been invited, along with 5 coaching companies who will provide club start up support. Practical demonstrations will take place involving local Primary school children and covering the 5 themed Change4Life bags of Combat, Adventure, Creative, Target and Flight.Sandford Hill with Phil Chamberlain (Youth Sport Trust)

Funded by the Department of Health with the Youth Sport Trust rolling out the programme across the country, Change4Life is being rolled out through the School Games Organiser network. Excel Academy has been charged to provide a little additional support for Stoke-on-Trent and to inspire schools and children in to action.

Change4Life clubs are proving to have a significant impact on many whole school priorities such as behaviour, attendance, attainment and disengagement. They also provide schools with a vehicle for developing a sense of belonging, confidence and competence in young people. This can translate to other aspects of school life and priorities, such as parental engagement, special educational needs, Pupil Premium and the new Primary school Sport Premium.

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