As the Summer holidays have come to and end, Ready Set Summer is now closed for 2017!
Thank you to everyone who took part – we hope you had lots of fun. Look out for us again next year!
We’re putting the fun back into exercise this summer with our Ready Set Summer packs, sponsored by MACE. They are full of activities for 7 -11 year olds to do at home over the school summer holidays. The packs contain:
- A wall chart of fun activities
- Stickers to mark which activities have been completed
- Stickers to wear
- Info sheet for parents
The packs are free! You just need to fill out the form below and the pack will be posted out to you.
And there are prizes!
We will be running a competition along with Ni4Kids giving you the chance to win family days out, kindly donated by the National Trust. So keep an eye on the Ni4Kids website and Facebook page because there are excellent prizes to be won.
And one lucky primary school will win £250, donated by MACE, to be spent on sports equipment.
We are also running two free activities days where there will be a chance to complete some of the activities. These are being run in partnership with Parklife, a joint programme between Belfast City Council and Ulster Wildlife on Friday 11th August 2-4pm in Botanic Gardens, Belfast and Tuesday 15th August 2-4pm in Falls Park, Belfast. Admission is free but as numbers are limited, you need to sign up in advance.
Behind the fun, there is a serious message.
Over three-quarters of children in Northern Ireland don’t get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day, and 1 in 4 children here are classified as overweight or obese. Both of these put our children at increased risk of heart disease and stroke in the future.
We believe prevention is better than a cure and if we teach our children to make healthy choices now, they may avoid developing illnesses when they grow up. Habits started at an early age can last a lifetime so we hope Ready Set Summer will show children that exercise can be fun and something they fit into their everyday lives.