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Join in with free online PE lessons: home athletics

Visit The Telegraph’s Keep Kids Active page to view all past PE lessons or alternatively visit the YouTube channels for Loughborough College and Ashmole Academy.

High jump and hurdles are the focus of indoor athletics classes at a new school offering in partnership with online PE The Telegraph’s Keep Kids Active campaign.

The staff at Ashmole Academy in north London have taken over the baton from Loughborough College, which started the ground-breaking daily tuition initiative last week.

Usain Bolt is the subject of Monday classes for youth across the country. Two rolls of toilet paper and a tie are the only equipment needed to attend the courses, which were endorsed by England footballers Steph Houghton and Ben Chilwell.

The videos go live before 9am each morning but remain available throughout the day to ensure students can combine their hour-long activity with the other classes already scheduled by their schools.

All abilities and fitness levels are catered for, with an easier option explained for the more difficult tasks. Unlike other virtual workouts, the college offers targeted classes for 10- to 14-year-olds that are guaranteed to meet three of the four goals of the national physical education curriculum. Today’s lesson is one of three lessons a week that do not require equipment.

To ensure the youngsters complete their hour-long work of recommended daily exercise, students are then encouraged to practice some of their long jump and triple jump techniques for an additional half hour after class is complete.

Schools set up the first class in a lounge-style room to show how easy it is to do the exercises at home. The goal is to surpass the offering of the popular Joe Wicks YouTube tutorials due to the level of expertise in line with the curriculum.

Loughborough College – which also counts Ellie Simmonds, the five-time Paralympic swimming champion, and Carl Froch, the four-time world boxing champion, among its alumni – has pledged to teach in the first week, setting Ashmole Academy in north London as the host on January 25.

The baton will then be passed across the country to allow the lessons to be streamed for free. Jo Maher, principal and chief executive at Loughborough College, says her staff can ensure children meet at least three out of four elements of the physical education curriculum. The fourth – competitive sport – is banned by England’s lockdown rules.

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