Taking children for walks, whatever the weather, is one of the recommended exercises

A new project is being introduced in Nottingham after a report by Sports England found that one in three children in England do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day.

This is half the government recommended daily amount.

Girls are less likely to meet their daily amount than boys, and, according to the report, children from poorer backgrounds do the least exercise.

To tackle this issue, Positive Futures Rushcliffe is starting a ‘Junior Outlaws Healthy Hearts’ project, where primary schools in Nottingham will offer a six-week programme to engage children in a healthy lifestyle.

The programme will include sports clubs, workshops, activity sessions and lessons to teach children how to make healthy and educated choices.

The official government guidelines say that children should do at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, 30 minutes during the school day and 30 minutes after school.

“An active child is a happier child”

But the Sport England report reveals that only 28 percent of children achieve that amount.

Sports Minister, Mim Davies, released a statement saying “We know that an active child is a happier child and efforts must be stepped up to encourage young people to live healthy, active lives.”

The Positive Futures project will also focus on educating children on how to make healthy eating choices through workshops and activities

Trent Bridge, the scheme that covers Positive Futures, is also opening a new sports hall in Radcliffe on Trent to encourage children to join their sports clubs, including football and dodgeball.

The survey found:

  • one in six children was active for 60 minutes every day
  • one in four was active across the week, but didn’t do 60 minutes every day
  • one in three did less than an average of 30 minutes a day
  • children aged nine to 12 were the most active every day
  • 20 percent of boys and 14 percent of girls were active every day
  • the gap between girls’ and boys’ activity levels widens from the end of primary school