Healthy Valleys Embrace Active Play

Two communities in rural South Lanarkshire have embraced the active play programme over the winter - and doubled the numbers of kids taking part. 

Two communities in rural South Lanarkshire have embraced the active play programme over the winter - and doubled the numbers of kids taking part.
Go2play venture Healthy Valleys leads Active Play in both Rigside and the village of Smyllum.  Both are areas of high deprivation.

Recently numbers have almost doubled at the Smyllum sessions, increasing from an average of 10 to 19 per session. For an outdoor play over the winter months the team said this is a significant increase. 
Play leader Faye Frame says the winter was an opportunity for kids to develop their creative side. And they got stuck in. “At our last Smyllum Active Play session we played Christmas party games with a twist. The children really enjoyed racing around trying to dress up their team mates as snowmen and stealing Christmas presents from Santa’s sack!”

The team and local community have noticed how the sessions are making a big impact.  Faye remarked that “it has opened up so many opportunities for the children to get involved in big team games and interact with children they don’t already know. Both children and parents have expressed how much they value the Active Play sessions.”

“The children are using their imagination and are coming up with games which incorporate different fundamental movement skills. This is a fantastic achievement within the groups as they have previously struggled with these types of tasks in the past”.

The team at Healthy Valleys plans to working with specialised coaches in the coming months to introduce different sports and activities to the Active Play sessions. The aim is to provide opportunities for the children to progress further onto different sports and activities.