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Sunday
Jul272014

Save Bont playing field via @SaveBontField

We want to save school fields for future generations to play their sports and follow their dreams!

 

It’s no real news, unless you’re an out of touch politician. The children and young people in our society need land in their communities where they can practice their sports, play sports in team events and where they can play with their friends. It’s something we’ve all taken for granted as adults in the past; the right to play and enjoy the freedom that is lush green fields to keep us fit and healthy. 

The City and County of Swansea Council in Swansea have proposed the sale of land at many of its primary and secondary schools in Swansea. We can’t speak for all of them, but as a community in Pontarddulais we’ve established an organised committee of parents, school governors, local business owners, sports club representatives and local people who are concerned about the health and wellbeing of future generations in Pontarddulais and those who are current pupils’ at Pontarddulais Primary School. 

The school land in used day-in and day-out. The field is used for football, rugby, athletic sports and as a place to discover nature. The field is a terrific resource and is an asset to the pupils and teachers who use it for their lessons to benefit the children and young people who attend the school. It’s also a vital facility for the local community who use it for sport and in the school holidays when an organisation use it to run a holiday club for children from the locality to keep up with their play and fitness whilst on a school break. 

Without sport and fitness in school, what would we be? The school boasts ex-pupils who have gone on the represent Wales at national and international levels. This is because the ex-pupils of Pontarddulais Primary School have been given the opportunities that the council are trying to take away. Why should the pupils’ of tomorrow have their dreams of a career in sport smashed to smithereens when the financial mistakes that have been made did not involve them? 

We live in a society where we’re advised to eat healthily, exercise more and participate in sport. We also live in a society where childhood obesity is at a dangerous high and this statistic is continuing to grow as you read this blog. 

Play and exercise are proven to improve the lives of children. If children and young people do not currently get enough exercise at home, surely we should be encouraging this more at school? 

Our message is clear. We want to keep the land at our school in Pontarddulais. We are shocked that the City and County of Swansea Council describe the land as ‘surplus’ as the school teacher’s, pupils and community member’s work hard to make use of it every day. 

Pontarddulais Sport & Recreation Committee @savebontfield

Blog Moderated by Ann Gates MRPharmS, Founder of Exercise Works!

Saturday
Jul262014

Make YOUR child's summer one of active play!

 

 

 

It's time to set a new trend this summer. I'm not talking about fashion or football here... I'm talking about helping all children access fun, active play!

Children NEED at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day (aged 5-18 years).

Make it a summer to remember!

Help them choose and access swimming, snorkelling, walking, hiking, running, cycling, sport, leisure.... activities shared with friends and family works.

Ann Gates MRPharmS, Founder of Exercise Works!

 

Saturday
Jul192014

Truppr- putting physical activity in everyone's lives!

Guest blog via @DAlawode  Medicine enthusiast, advocate of physical activity & cardiovascular health and Public Health Doctor

“A few generations ago, physical activity was an integral part of daily life. But, in the name of progress we have chipped away at it so thoroughly that physical inactivity actually seems normal” (Designed to Move Organization).

Folks, we were designed and programmed to MOVE. Hence, the health costs of physical inactivity to the human race are unacceptable and unforgiveable (Anonymous).

With the above premise I welcome you to the maiden edition of Truppr notes. What else can I say about Truppr that has not been tweeted or shared on various social media fora?

Truppr is a movement (apologies to JesseOguns the Truppr evangelist) centred on promoting everyday physical activities which are accessible to the common (wo)man. We also believe fitness should be fun and embedded into everyday activities.

Truppr reminds me of “Ciclovía” a beneficial intervention that started in Bogotá, Columbia about 30 years ago and has spread to almost half of the countries in the Americas (100 cities). Ciclovía is a program that allows runners, walkers, cyclists, and skaters on every Sunday morning and each public holiday to exercise freely in the street by closing it off to motorized vehicles. About one million people use this program every week, mostly people on lower incomes. It covers about 14% of the recommended population requirement of weekly activity for Bogotá.

In the following weeks, I intend to point out ways which we can achieve Truppr’s mission and vision as well as the health benefits to be accrued from being physically fit.

Here’s my advice to you for this week:

• Say yes before you can say no. Stop saying “I don’t have time to exercise” and realize you do. Stop saying “I can’t afford to do it” and find a way to make it a priority. Do all of these before you can talk yourself out of it.

• Commit in advance. Register for a Truppr event near you today. Having already registered for it and communicated with the organizers, you are half-way to attending the event. Put down this “deposit” and make an investment in your health.

• Go with a friend. If you happen to be TOO afraid to attend an event, get a friend to drag or accompany you there. It’s amazing what we do to avoid ridicule from our buddies.

• Expect to suck. It may be frustrating to not be as fast as EstaMorenikeji during the 5km runs (smile). But, relax, let loose and enjoy yourself. If you are learning a new skill, expect to suck at it. You’ll get better. As long as you remember to………….

• Have fun. Remember, its all about fun and physical fitness. Every day above ground is a blessing, so enjoy it!

..............Let’s keep “Truppring” and use social media to share the fun:

Alawode Damilola (A physical activity advocate) - @DAlawode on twitter