Project to tackle obesity in schools rolled out

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YOUNGSTERS in Doncaster are set to benefit from a revolutionary new approach to fitness in schools.

Teachers have been learning new techniques to encourage youngsters to get active and take up sport which are now set to be rolled out across the borough.

Active Fusion and the Youth Sport Trust have been working with schools in a bid to reverse a low take up of physical activity and couch potato lifestyle among youngsters which has led to growing problems with obesity in Doncaster.

Spokesman Lindsay James said: “67 per cent of boys and 79 per cent of girls are not sufficiently active and the cost of healthcare in Doncaster resulting from conditions contributed to by physical inactivity is estimated at over £5 million per year.

“We want to break this cycle of inactivity by transforming the way PE is taught right from when our children start to move.”

The firm has run two professional development courses for over 50 teachers from 30 schools across Doncaster over recent weeks through two Youth Sport Trust programmes.

The project aims to transform the way PE is taught to 4 to 7 year olds by equipping teachers with expertise to teach fundamental movement skills.

“The impact that our teachers are making is ensuring children’s first experiences of PE is positive,” Lindsay said.