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REBOOT online workout sessions encourage teens to keep active

REBOOT online workout sessions encourage teens to keep active

Categories: Active Sussex Programmes Health & Wellbeing

Following social distancing measures and school closures by the UK government back in March, Active Sussex teamed up with REBOOT to create a programme of online workout sessions aimed directly at teenagers. With the programme now in its seventh week, it has proved to bring huge benefit, not only to teens across Sussex, but to local exercise providers, too.

With adolescents becoming an increasingly inactive group across the country, it became clear that there was a gap in content being directed specifically at teenagers to help them stay active during the coronavirus ‘lockdown’. This prompted Active Sussex to work with Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne’s REBOOT programme, to create a weekly schedule of free online workouts for teens and families.

The two organisations reached out to local exercise providers to invite them to create live or pre-recorded video sessions catered to 10-17 year olds as part of the weekly schedule. Several providers came on board to create a varied and inclusive timetable of sessions from basketball and street dance, to sensory circuits and yoga.

Andy Wright, Children and Young People Manager at Active Sussex said: “What’s made the programme so appealing for young people is the variety of sessions available. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re into street dance, kickboxing or gymnastics. As all the sessions are available on YouTube, it also means people can take part at a time and place that suits them.”

The programme has seen hundreds of young people and their families across Sussex joining in the online workout sessions every week. This has not only encouraged people to stay active at home, but also benefitted local exercise providers; supporting them to keep their audiences engaged during 'lockdown' and reach a whole new group of young people.

Karl from Storm Basketball commented: “Being a part of the Active Sussex REBOOT programme has been great. It’s enticed more children from around Sussex to pick up a basketball and give it a go.”

Chris Varrall, REBOOT Programme Manager at the Office of Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner said: “The strong partnership within REBOOT adapted quickly to ensure that families across Sussex had access to inclusive physical activities within their homes. This has proved critical to families across Sussex in increasing their mood and reducing the risk to young people. We are extremely pleased by the positive response from local providers, offering a diverse range of activities for everyone.”

The REBOOT online workout programme is continuing for the rest of the summer school term. To see the full schedule of exercise sessions visit www.activesussex.org/reboot. If you’re an exercise provider and would like to get involved in the programme please contact Andy Wright at awright@activesussex.org