Active Essex is inviting schools in the county to join them on the Road to Rio by encouraging them to make use of a new Olympic-inspired education pack.
The County Sports Partnership (CSP) for Essex is supporting schools to deliver initiatives and programmes that engage and educate children and young people about the benefits of sport and physical activity in the lead up to the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games later this year.
The educational tool demonstrates where schools can embed the Olympic values of friendship, respect and excellence into all areas of school life, with a particular emphasis on being active; the goal is to create a county-wide approach to the promotion of physical activity amongst children and young people using this year’s games to motivate and excite them.
Gary Sullivan OBE, Chair of Active Essex, said: “The aim of the Active Essex Road to Rio pack is to unite schools across the county and show them how integral they are in promoting the importance of being active with children.
“Events such as the cross-county races we held earlier this month at Hadleigh Park – the 2012 Olympic mountain biking venue - are just one positive example of how schools from each of the 14 districts have recently come together in this way.
“The excitement surrounding the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games is a great way to continue this momentum and provides us with the perfect opportunity to highlight how fun competitive sport and physical activity can be; you never know, we may even inspire some of the county’s future professional athletes.”
The education pack is designed to not only support schools with potential cross-curricular ideas for activities that can be used to lead a games-related festival or sporting event, but to give them the tools to adapt the resources according to their own needs and the needs of their pupils.
Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Sport and Physical Activity, said: “Essex County Council is dedicated to increasing and enriching participation in sport and physical activity in all Essex schools.
“Our goal is to ensure all children and young people in the county have the opportunity to reach their full sporting potential at all levels, and aim to highlight the positive impact physical activity can have on a child’s health and wellbeing.
“The Road to Rio pack is a fantastic resource for all schools and an innovative way of getting the word out that being active is fun and hugely beneficial.”
The Road to Rio education pack can be downloaded from the Active Essex website and includes ideas for learning as well as demonstrating links to other curriculum areas and key skills.