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It is important that children lead healthier lifestyles and incorporate physical activity into their daily schedules. Recent research has shown that there has been an increase in childhood obesity amongst children. It is therefore paramount, that with the right help, children are encouraged to take part in physical activity through fun games that stimulate both body and mind. Fun games can be accessed easily and can help keep children healthy and active now, in addition to contributing to a more positive attitude towards being physically active later in life. Children also have the opportunity to develop social and motor skills through sport and physical education. This can help to increase levels of self-confidence and self-esteem, which are associated with improving in sport. Below are a range of games that children can take part in with minimal equipment that are easy to set up. 

Cat and Mouse Relay

A fun and energetic, quick-paced relay race game using teamwork and coordination. Don’t get caught out!

  • Time: 15 min
  • Recommended age: all ages
  • Size of group: minimum of 4 players
  • Equipment: x2 relay batons or an object similar to a stick

 

How to Play Cat and Mouse Relay

  • Set up a square (roughly 5x5m up to 10x10m)
  • Place the players in lines in opposite corners of the square.
  • The players at the front should be holding the baton
  • Each player with the baton runs in a clockwise direction around the square trying to catch the other player before they return to their original team and pass the baton onto the next player in their team.
  • The circuit is continuous and each of the team’s players keep running until they catch the other team out.

 

Meet Amanda Parker

Amanda Parker started competing in trampoline at the age of 6 and was representing Great Britain by the time she was 16. By 17 she had competed in her first major international event and finished 2nd in the World Age Group Games in 2003. From there, Amanda made vast improvements and became a member of the senior British team representing Great Britain in numerous World Cups and World Championships in individual and synchronized trampoline. Her biggest achievements to date are being the 2013 World Games Champion and World Champion in synchronised Trampoline with her partner Kat Driscoll. She was the reserve for the London 2012 Games and holds the record for the highest scoring British female internationally. Amanda was ranked 4th individually in Europe in 2012. Amanda is thankful for all the support she has received to help her to become a World Class trampolinist. Her parents help and support of her dreams continues as they follow her around the world to see her compete. She has a fantastic coaching team at Edgbarrow Trampoline Club and within the Great Britain National Programme to help her reach her full potential. Additionally Amanda is grateful to her sponsor Springfree Trampoline and the funding received through UK Sport that supports her journey on reaching her dream to be an Olympic athlete.

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