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The sports talent factory responsible for spawning some of the biggest names in British sport is creating a virtual physical education curriculum as part of telegraph sports‘s Keep Kids Active campaign.

Loughborough College – whose alumni include English footballers Ben Chilwell, Jude Bellingham and Steph Houghton, as well as Ellie Simmonds, the five-time Paralympic swimming champion, and Carl Froch, the four-time world boxing champion – provides the college with its world-class teaching from the 18th to the 20th century.

Throw your weight behind you telegraph sports For this reason, the college will develop daily lessons that will be featured on YouTube. The aim is to ensure that the children get at least one hour of physical activity every day.

Why Loughborough joined the campaign

The principal and chief executive of Loughborough College was checking the football transfer news over breakfast when a telegraph sports Headline caught her attention.

Each of the Keep Kids Active campaign’s ambitions struck a chord with Jo Maher, Principal and Executive Director of Loughborough College. So she immediately picked up the phone to offer her top-notch facilities.

“The Keep Kids Active campaign aligns perfectly with our mission, vision and values,” she said, before outlining her own blueprint to help defuse the health time bomb created by lockdown.

Where better than Loughborough – with its unparalleled alumni of sporting internationals – to lead the fight to keep kids moving in the grim weeks ahead?

“If this college were a country on the Commonwealth medal table, we would be eighth on our own,” says Maher, a sports psychologist who sits on the FA Council. “That’s the norm.”

“Promoting physical activity to the point of elite sport is what we do,” Maher said when she commissioned her college to work on an online curriculum to deliver classes for the nation.

How online physical education classes will work

Rising to telegraph sports‘s request for help, Loughborough staff believe they can meet three out of four of the national curriculum’s goals online. The lessons are primarily aimed at children between the ages of 10 and 14 and should also enable families without a garden to participate. The college’s elite staff of Olympic-level coaches will lead the first week of classes before passing the baton to schools across the country.

Ashmole Academy in north London has already committed to dedicating its sports facilities to the second week of classes. The two schools are optimistic that classes can be covered for a period of six weeks and likely beyond.

The three curriculum goals covered by their lesson plan are: “To develop proficiency to excel in a wide range of physical activities, to be physically active for extended periods of time, and to lead healthy, active lives.”

The fourth – to compete – is impossible as grassroots sport is banned in lockdown.

From January 18, Loughborough will set up the first classes in a lounge-style room to show how easy the exercises can be done 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.

“The acid test for me is, ‘Could you do this if you were a parent working from home with no access to a garden,'” Maher says.

The introduction of daily physical education classes is described in detail telegraph sports in the coming days.

Why it’s so important to keep kids active

After the first nationwide lockdown, the percentage of children getting the chief medical officer’s recommended daily activity time dropped to just 19 percent. Almost half of the children completed less than 30 minutes a day, with 73 percent of teachers identifying “low physical fitness” as a problem when the children returned to school last September.

Loughborough joins a wave of support for the Keep Kids Active campaign, which has already resulted in government pledges to prioritize reopening community sport if lockdown measures are eased.

On Thursday, Team GB expressed its support for the telegraph sports Campaign. Sir Hugh Robertson, Chairman of the British Olympic Association, said: “We at Team GB fully support the importance of increasing access to physical activity for children at this critical time. The Daily TelegraphThe campaign is vital to the health and well-being of millions of children and young people.”

Lord Coe, Laura Kenny, Baroness Campbell and the Youth Sports Trust – which also offers a range of online tutorials – have already lent their support The Telegraphcalls on the government:

  1. Implement a mandatory virtual physical education curriculum;
  2. Create a central online hub of age-related activities and parenting advice.
  3. Prioritize opening activities to children as soon as possible;
  4. Provide a plan to make physical education equal to core subjects when schools return;
  5. Open school facilities as community centers during the holidays to bridge the social divide;

addressing The TelegraphOn the top five demands, ministers have so far promised that “gyms and community sports facilities” would become a national priority as soon as possible. To support the newspaper’s call for help, Loughborough is also looking into making more facilities available to less well-resourced institutions when restrictions eventually ease. Join Telegraph Sport PE lessons from home 

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