A nationwide programme to encourage primary schoolchildren to be more active has been launched by Olympic medallist Daryll Neita.
The 21-year-old, who won a bronze medal in the sprint relay at the 2016 Rio Games, unveiled 'Active Kids Do Better' at Beatrix Potter Primary School in Wandsworth, London last week.
The Nike and Discovery Education programme was developed with support from Liverpool John Moores University to help teachers increase movement and play throughout the school day.
It offers free resources, games and activities to all UK primary schools. Teachers can sign up online for the scheme at activekidsdobetter.co.uk.
From short classroom activities to outdoor games and play, the programme gives teachers everywhere fun and easy opportunities to get kids moving. They will also have the chance to win bronze, silver and gold awards.
Daryll said: “It’s amazing to see kids of all ages and all abilities having fun and enjoying being more active. It’s so important for health and wellbeing, and even small bite-size chunks of exercise can make a massive difference.”
Beatrix Potter Primary School is one of the first schools to join the programme and Rosemary Bowsher, a Year 5 teacher, said: “We’re proud to be one of the first schools to sign up to Active Kids Do Better.
"As a busy teacher, it’s sometimes difficult to find time for fun physical activity outside of PE lessons. This programme makes it quick and easy and has given me confidence to build movement into our daily routine.”