Case Studies

Primary School's Active Week gets over 700 children participating in physical activity!

Primary School's Active Week gets over 700 children participating in physical activity!

Posted: Wed, 30 Aug 2023 12:00

As part of Active Schools project that is delivered by Active Suffolk and was first launched in Babergh and Mid Suffolk in 2019, Wells Hall Primary School were one of the first schools to get on board and were supported to host their very own Active Week during the summer of 2019.

4 years on and the legacy of the Active Week is still alive and kicking! The school continues host their Active Week and this year in June, the Active Week was able to return in an even larger scale and involve several different local organisations and neighbouring primary schools.

The week ran over 5 days and incorporated the school's Sports Day during the middle of the week. Local primary schools were invited to attend and join in the week of fun on set days, ensuring that opportunities to get involved with new sports and activities were available to the wider community of children and young people. Across the 5 days, over 700 children participated from across 7 local primary schools.

Josh Smith, PE Lead at Wells Hall, wanted the children to have new experiences and step away from the traditional sports they already do within PE lessons or extracurricular clubs. The Active Week focussed on Y5 & 6 pupils to support transition by boosting their confidence to try new activities whilst meeting some of their future peers. It aimed to provide pupils with activity opportunities that they could continue beyond the week, either throughout the summer holidays and/or as an extracurricular activity outside of school.

Josh added:

''The purpose of Active Week was to get children active again and open their eyes to all different clubs that go on within the local area. It's important to keep children active outside of school and even more since the pandemic. It was brilliant to see so many children taking part in a variety of different activities and to see the community come together to give the children this opportunity. We are already looking forward to the next one''

In a collaboration with Wells Hall, Active Suffolk, Abbeycroft Leisure, and Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Council, the school were thrilled to offer a wide variety of 25 different activities – ranging from mini golf to fencing, roundnet to orienteering, and dance to archery, to name a few. The school and all partners involved are very grateful to all the local organisations that gave up their time to deliver sessions across the week, it simply wouldn't have been possible without them.

Headteacher at Wells Hall Primary School, Ros Towns said:

"Our activity week gives children a taster of so many sports, some of which they wouldn't have tried before. We wanted to show them that sport can be for everyone and the importance of leading healthy and active lifestyles.

"The activity week was a huge success, led by our head of PE Josh Smith, and with the support of so many fantastic groups in and around our local community."

Abbeycroft Leisure played a key role in ensuring the week was a success through offering their Explore Outdoor services as well as a special visit to the Kingfisher Leisure Centre's swimming pool for the Wells Hall children. Explore Outdoor were able to deliver sessions on axe throwing, archery and orienteering, as well as bring their climbing wall to the school.

"It was great to be part of the Wells Hall Activity Week. Our team of Explore Outdoor instructors were able to provide a wide range of alternative physical activities including climbing, axe throwing and orienteering. The young people thrived on the opportunity to try new things and working with their class mates in different ways." – Frank Carn-Pryor, Sports and Outdoor Activity Officer, Abbeycroft Leisure

"It was lovely seeing the children challenge themselves and try something new." – Jasmine Rutterford, Senior Lead Outdoor Instructor, Abbeycroft Leisure

"We pride ourselves on being able to provide inclusive and exciting activities for schools and young people, being active doesn't have to be about football or running. We want young people to get outdoors and be confident trying new things." – Tina Campan, Senior Lead Outdoor Instructor, Abbeycroft Leisure

The school have already selected dates for Active Week 2024 to continue the great work that has been created this year. They hope to offer more specialist activities and involve more schools. To support delivery for 2024, a post-event survey was distributed to all staff and pupils that participated or had involvement in the week. The results speak for themselves with:

100% of staff said they would support their school to participate in the Active Week again in the future.

96% of pupils said they would like to participate in the Active Week again in the future.

92% of all staff & pupils that responded rated their experience of the Active Week as 8 or above/10.

55% of schools said they will be implementing activities the pupils participated in within active week back at their own school. These activities include mini golf, street dance, round net, badminton & football.

52% of pupils that responded either plan to or have since taken part in one or more of the activities outside of school following the active week.
These activities include mini golf, maxim yoga, street dance, kickboxing, crazy golf, little musketeers fencing, maxim nerf battle, zerobounds roundnet, badminton, quay dance, football, climbing wall, axe throwing & archery.

Furthermore, Wells Hall have 8 new activity clubs starting in September, all of which are activities that were provided during active week. The school have listened to the positive feedback from staff and pupils as to what they wanted to do more of. The clubs available will vary from fencing, to yoga, as well as including sessions from Abbeycroft Leisure who will be providing Balanceability to reception classes.

Following on from the Zerobounds roundnet taster day, two schools have purchased the equipment needed to enable them to take it back to their school and offer the all-inclusive, adaptable, and brilliantly fun sport to pupils. Zerobounds will be providing staff with CPD which is available to all schools involved and wider Suffolk schools so that they can deliver roundnet within their PE lessons or as an extracurricular activity. A fantastic example of what a powerful impact the week has had, not only on the children involved on the day, but the wider staff and community!

Tags: Wells Hall Primary School, abbeycroft leisure, active suffolk, case study, children and young people, physical activity

Participants playing Boccia

Active Suffolk delighted to support ActivLives with funding to deliver Inclusive Boccia

Posted: Fri, 28 Jul 2023 15:55

Active Suffolk have been delighted to support ActivLives with funding opportunity to deliver Inclusive Boccia sessions which resulted in their very own Inclusive Boccia Tournament!

You may have heard about the sessions on the programme, 'About Anglia' on ITV in January! Read More »

Tags: ActivLives, Active Suffolk, Boccia, Everyone Active, Inclusive Boccia, Leading Lives, Paralympics, Special Olympics, Sport England, Suffolk, Together Fund, accessible, being active, disability, inclusive, physical activity, sport, tournament, wheelchair

Rougham Church of England Primary School Swimming Pool

Active Suffolk delighted to attend official opening of Rougham Church of England Primary School swimming pool after supporting with much needed funding opportunity

Posted: Fri, 26 May 2023 15:00

In the summer of 2021, after having a functioning swimming pool for over 50 years since its original installation, Rougham Church of England Primary School in West Suffolk found that their swimming pool had begun to leak vast amounts of water. This meant that they could no longer heat it effectively or keep it maintained in a way that was adequate enough to be used by those that wanted to swim in it. Recognising that this meant that the pool was no longer viable to stay open, the school had to close the pool to their pupils and local community. Read More »

Tags: OSF, active schools, active suffolk, advertising, case study, children and young people, funding, fundraising, leak, local co, opening schools facilities, opening schools facilities funding, pool leak, rougham, rougham primary school, swimming, swimming pool, west suffolk

Richard Farrar, Move More For Health (Recipient of Active Skills funded qualifications)

Active Skills funding supports Cancer Rehabilitation Exercise Instructor to deliver accessible exercise sessions for clients

Posted: Mon, 24 Apr 2023 08:36

Richard Farrar, who established Move More For Health so that he could help people become more physically active to feel better about themselves, reduce the chances of experiencing ill health and to live a fuller life felt that he wanted to become better equipped at helping those clients with cancer to access exercise. Read More »

Tags: CPD, Suffolk Growth, active skills, active skills project, active suffolk, cancer, case study, exercise instructor, funding, health, improving health, personal trainer, prehab, qualifications, rehab, training, transformation, workforce

The Unity Centre at the Whitton Clinic in Ipswich achieves Active Practice Charter

The Unity Centre at the Whitton Clinic in Ipswich achieves Active Practice Charter

Posted: Mon, 27 Mar 2023 07:00

Following in the footsteps of other successful surgeries and medical centres in Suffolk, The Unity Centre at the Whitton Clinic in Ipswich has achieved the prestigious Active Practice Charter, an accreditation created by the Royal College of General Practitioners and Sport England. Read More »

Tags: Active Practice Charter, Active Wellbeing, Ipswich, Royal College of GPs, Sport England, The Unity Centre, Whitton Clinic, active, boccia, case study, community, funding, get active, health and wellbeing, partner working, physical activity

Roaring success for Active Suffolk as their PESSPA Conference recommences for the first time back in-person

Roaring success for Active Suffolk as their PESSPA Conference recommences for the first time back in-person

Posted: Tue, 21 Mar 2023 16:23

After being unable to hold the annual PE and School Sport Conference in-person since 2019 due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, Active Suffolk were delighted to be able to hold the conference again in-person on Wednesday 22nd February at The Hold, Ipswich. Read More »

Tags: CPD, CYP, PE and School Sport, PE and School Sport Conference, PESSPA Conference, SEN, SEN school, Suffolk, college, conference, mentally healthy movement, physical activity, physical education, primary school, school, secondary school, teachers, wellbeing

Active Skills Funding Supporting Care Home Residents in Suffolk

Active Skills Funding Supporting Care Home Residents in Suffolk

Posted: Tue, 21 Mar 2023 12:15

Through the Active Skills project, Active Suffolk have been able to support local employers and independent instructors to broaden their skill set and fund specialised OTAGO training to be utilised with clients who have different strength and balance issues that make them more at risk of having falls. Read More »

Tags: Active Skills, CPD, Davers Court Care Home, OTAGO, Suffolk, Suffolk Growth, abbeycroft leisure, active suffolk, care home, care homes, case study, falls prevention, funding, health and wellbeing, qualifications, strength and balance, training, transformation, workforce