As a young boy, I loved being active. All I really wanted to do was put on one of my football kits and play out in the street or the nearby field with my friends.
If I wasn’t playing out with my friends, I’d be talking about or thinking about sport, maybe very occasionally playing on my Nintendo whilst I waited for the doorbell to ring to play out once again.
As I’ve got older, the love for physical activity hasn’t waned. The activity may have changed, but the love hasn’t.
I worry for the current generation that this is something that will be lost due to our obsession with technology and staying indoors due to what seems an endless number of social factors and barriers.
This is why I was so eager to be involved in the Creating Active Schools (CAS) framework.
In the early stages of my time at Peel Park Primary, my main two aims were to overhaul the PE curriculum and to increase our participation in competitive sports. We achieved this very successfully and in a relatively short space of time – implementing a strong PE curriculum and strong competitive performances with opportunities to train during the school day.
If you loved sport, this was the school for you. That makes us an active school, right?