Children & Young People Newsletter March 2024

Primary Age

Conference Bookings Now Open

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Bookings are now open for the Active Kent and Medway Primary PE and Physical Activity Conference 2024, taking place on Wednesday 5 June at Kent Event Centre, Detling.

Please book your space using the link below. More information about the content of the day will be released soon.

Schools may use their Sports Premium funding to pay for the event and for a substitute teacher to cover a teacher’s absence.

Book your place at the Primary PE and Physical Activity Conference 2024

Walk to School Week

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Living Streets Walk to School Week is taking place from 20 May – 24 May 2024.

Walk to School Week is a five-day walking challenge in which pupils are encouraged to travel actively to school every day of the week. They earn stickers as they go along and a special reward at the end.

Classmates work together to make as many active journeys as possible, tracking their progress on the classroom wallchart. This year’s theme is ‘The Magic of Walking’. Children will learn about the important reasons to walk or wheel and it’s benefits for individuals, communities and the planet.

You can use your PE and Sport Premium funding to cover the cost of the walk to school week packs.

Join Walk to School Week 2024

The Big League

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The Big League is a national competition to get the nation moving, in collaboration with British Orienteering and the British Schools Orienteering Association.

Completely free to join, The Big League, is available to any school that wants to get involved. With awards for reaching personal milestones and ranking in country-wide leaderboards, encouraging pupils to engage in the outdoors and find joy in being active.

By signing up to compete your school will gain free access to The Outdoor Classroom app, as well as have the chance to win a host of prizes. The competition takes place on 22 April 2024.

Join the Big League for Free

London Mini Marathon

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The Daily Mile Foundation are once again supporting this year’s TCS London Mini Marathon, providing a great opportunity for schools across the UK to be part of this event.

Over 1 million children have taken part since 2020 and schools can even use the event to fundraise. Schools can sign up for free using the link below.

Children take part in a 2.6 mile run, jog, wheel or walk at any point between 15 April and 10 May. The 2.6miles can be completed in one go or in chunks across the week. After registering, schools will be sent a digital toolkit containing bib numbers, certificates, bunting and more. There’s even a chance to win a trophy!

Register your School for the 2024 Mini London Marathon

Kent School Games Films

The Kent School Games, coordinated by Active Kent & Medway, aims to engage those most affected by inequalities and to support the positioning of physical activity across our network of schools.

We’re delighted to share the following films that capture the great work that’s going on around the county to provide positive experiences for children and young people, to support personal development through leadership and volunteering, and to help support Year 6 students transitioning to secondary school PE and sport. We’d like to thank the schools, students and school games organisers who contributed to these inspirational films.

Coach Availability Survey

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Are you a physical activity provider (or know someone who is), who’s keen to deliver outreach sessions in secondary schools and SEND schools?

Do you share our passion of delivering positive experience for young people?

If you do, we would love to hear from you to match you up with your next generation of participants. Please complete our coach availability survey and we will be in touch.

Complete the Coach/Instructor Availability Survey

Ramadan Guidance


Ramadan guidance developed by Dr Irfan Khawaja at Birmingham City University (BCU) will help create a more inclusive school environment for Muslim students and staff engaging in physical education during Ramadan. This year Ramadan takes place from 10 March to 9 April 2024.

The guidance gives schools practical advice for supporting fasting Muslim students and staff during Islam’s Holy Month so they can continue to participate in physical activity.

The guidance advocates for inclusive activities and timetabling that minimise adaptations and avoid drawing attention to Muslim students during Ramadan.

View the Ramadan Guidance for Schools and Educational Settings

Free Training on Asthma

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Asthma is the most common long-term medical condition in children and young people and sadly, every year, children continue to avoidably die from asthma.

The NHS has training available for all who care for children and young people with asthma to help improve their understanding and awareness of the issue.

We encourage anyone who supports children and young people with asthma to complete this free online training (Tier 1).

Access the free learning resources

Funding Opportunity

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Do you know a local sports club or community organisation who’s looking to encourage and engage more children and young people in sport and physical activity? Perhaps they need some help with coaching costs, venue hire, equipment or publicity?

They can apply for the Active Kent & Medway Small Grant today.

Up to £500, could be available to cover facilitator or coaching costs, venue hire, equipment, marketing and publicity for projects such as new activities, festivals, events, launches or celebrations of activity. The Small Grant can help you re-engage with previous audiences to continue to be active and/or encourage those new to the sport or activity to have a go.

Apply for a Small Grant

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