What can we offer?
The 22/23 school year is upon us, and as you prepare your children for the next (or first) chapter in their school lives, the team at Active Blackpool are looking forward to welcoming faces old and new into our doors once again.
We run activities for children both inside and outside of the school environment, supporting schools with providing outdoor education by providing balance bike training sessions to EYFS children and Bikeability to children in year 5, with children in year 4 visit our pools for swimming lessons, a crucial skill they can continue to develop with our Learn 2 Swim classes held out of school hours.
Children should exercise for a minimum of 60 minutes a day, which can be a challenge for schools to adhere to due to a full timetable of classroom-based lessons. At Active Blackpool, we want to support children and their families to be as active as possible in fun, safe environments.
We also offer a range of activities aimed to help children and young people to develop their physical activity resilience, such as swimming, climbing, multi-sports, and gymnastics, to name a few.
We are partners with the Living Streets/Wow walk to school campaign – which encourages children to walk/cycle to school at least once a week, earning exciting badges as they do so. This not only supports children’s physical activity but it also allows for some conversation time between you and your child as you actively travel to school together, building on crucial social and empathy skills.
Our NICAS climbing and gymnastic sessions are run by trained professionals who are experienced in their fields; these sessions promote teamwork, building and maintaining core body strength, problem-solving and logic skills as well as providing opportunities for friendships to grow – supporting children’s social skills.
Our Learn2Swim swimming lessons teach children (and adults) this life-saving skill. Swimming supports muscle development and coordination – allowing a positive impact on physical development. As children become more confident swimmers, the Rookie Lifeguard programme is available.
Our activities don’t just make an impact on children whilst they’re young, with previous participants going on to become fully qualified in their favourite activities and coming back as adults to teach the next generation. Two of our formal NICAS students are now climbing instructors at Blackpool Sports Centre, with a previous Rookie Lifeguard now being one of our lifeguards at Palatine Leisure Centre and several alumni of the Blackpool School Games all returning as coaches/activity instructors.
WOW Walks to School
This September, 19 primary schools from across the town will be once again taking part in the ‘Wow Walks’ ‘WOW – Walk to School Challenge’ in partnership with the Living Streets scheme,
Wow Walks The WOW Challenge aims to encourage children and their families to find a more active way to travel to school, with a hybrid option titled ‘Ride Park and Stride’ for those days when the adults may still need to use a car (or for families who live a little too far away from school to walk the full distance)
From September, some schools will be taking part in the ‘Walking Bus’ option, a way for children and their friends to walk to school safely in a safe, organised way.
Children who travel to school by foot, bike or scoot at least once a week for a month are awarded exciting collectable badges, which children have designed across the UK in National competitions.
To see if your school is involved, please speak to your school directly.
Swimming and Rookie Lifeguard
Back to School - Learn 2 swim
Is your school age child ready to dive into swimming lessons? For School Age Children, we have the Learn 2 Swim Scheme.
Active Blackpool Learn 2 swim is an inclusive programme which takes the non-swimmer from his or her first splash to developing confidence and competence in the water. Lessons are available at Palatine and Moor Park Health & Leisure Centres.
For younger children, our swimming lesson programme starts with the Discovery Duckling sessions for babies, upon completion, progressing onto Advanced Duckling sessions in their Pre School year.
Benefits of Gymnastics
- Builds core strength
- Problem Solving
- Improves posture, flexibility and balance.
- Supports Cardiovascular health
- Encourages teamwork and social development.
From September, our classes will be following the British Gymnastics method of splitting children into ability groups, replacing our current style of age groups.
With this change, children will be able to work towards badges and awards to motivate and encourage them to continue,
Benefits of climbing
- Supports physical development
- Supports social and emotional development
- Promotes problem-solving skills
- Encourages teamwork
Our NICAS climbing courses are aimed at children aged 8-17 and follows a National Award scheme, allowing participants to grow their skills and progress as they gain confidence and improve their skills and technique.
Two former NICAS pupils, Oliver and Luke are now fully qualified climbing instructors, leading NICAS sessions themselves.
High and Low Ropes
We also have our outdoor High and Low Ropes, a fun and challenging activity which is a popular choice for children's parties.
Our Bouldering wall is suitable for those aged 14+
Active Blackpool’s healthy lifestyle programme for families commences in September. The interactive 12 week programme provides many resources to support families to make healthier choices including information on portion sizes, snack swaps and the benefits of being more active.
A family who completed the programme in July says, “Making Changes is a brilliant programme. Megan the instructor has been great throughout the past 12 weeks and the rest of the team are very welcoming and friendly
For more information, or to join the waiting list please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Making changes (blackpool.gov.uk)