I consider myself very lucky that I have such active kids, although there’s not really much luck involved. Our kids have been encouraged to play outside and to walk rather than go by car from a young age. These are habits I hope will last a lifetime. For the last few years, as regular readers, will know they’ve also taken part in a lot of sport.
I currently have a rugby-playing Scout, who loves going on big hikes and is at his happiest when he’s climbing a mountain. My eldest, who is just 13, is determined to do the Three Peaks this year. He has already climbed Snowdon several times.
My younger son plays both football and rugby every weekend. He absolutely loves playing them and it gives me great pleasure to watch his skills, speed and strength developing week by week. He has also represented the school in various sports, including athletics and cricket.
My daughter is my little dancer. She does four classes a week – ballet, tap, street and contemporary – and is highly talented. She’s a natural and she absolutely loves her dancing. She has also recently started running with me and, like her brother, has represented the school in a number of sports.
Sport and being active gives my kids so much. Of course it keeps them fit and healthy, which is very important. But it gives them even more than that – confidence, team work, discipline, commitment and an opportunity to socialise and make friends. I love to see my kids’ determination to succeed – to climb the mountain, to score the goal or the try, or to get distinction in the dance exam. They try so hard and their determination and what they achieve makes them (and me!) very happy.
This is something which all kids should have the opportunity to achieve. Which is why Sainsbury’s have been running their Active Kids scheme since 2005. Fronted by three inspirational ambassadors, footballer Daniel Sturridge, swimmer, Ellie Simmonds, and sprinter, Jonnie Peacock, the campaign aims to help children lead healthier, more active lives. Since 2005 it has provided a massive £150 million of equipment and experiences to children.
As part of the Paralympic legacy, Sainsbury’s Active Kids for All will benefit 500,000 disabled children by 2016.
You can support the campaign every time you shop at Sainsbury’s from now until 5th May. You will receive a voucher for every £10 you spend on shopping, or every £5 you spend at Sainsbury’s Local. Vouchers aren’t just collected by schools – they’re collected by Scout and Guide groups and sports teams too. Even if you don’t have children or grandchildren yourself, you can donate the voucher to a local school or group.
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