Encouraging pupils into playground fun

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SCHOOLS in the area are to receive specially designed playground markings and training to encourage children to enjoy more exercise and develop multi-skills through games.

Lincolnshire County Council’s school improvement service is working in partnership with the Health and Well-Being Fund, NHS Lincolnshire, the School Sports Partnerships, the University of Lincoln and ESP, to lead a county-wide programme to develop healthy and active lifestyles.

This follows a successful pilot with 80 of the county’s schools.

All non fee-paying schools will be offered the chance to install a range of permanent playground activity zone markings.

The Multi-Skills Training Package also involves a comprehensive series of associated training for teachers and other associated adults.

Coun Patricia Bradwell, executive councillor for children’s services, said: “The scheme has been recognised nationally for the contribution it makes in reducing childhood obesity through physical activity.

“Children are encouraged to enjoy games in the playground through regular, structured activities. It’s not about forcing children into competitive sport but enjoying fun activities with their friends.”