Update during lockdown

By Fitzrovia Youth in Action | June 08 2020

Update during lockdown

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    Due to the Covid-19 lockdown, we have replaced our football training sessions with an online fitness programme that includes elements of football to continue to reach young people across Regents Park estate. Sessions are based around physical fitness, mental wellbeing and peer support.

    This online fitness programme allows our members to workout in their home environment or a safe space in line with government guidelines. These sessions are centered around football, but they also include various tips on healthy eating, sleeping well and keeping active generally. Sessions have been delivered by qualified football coaches and young people are given weekly activity plans for them to do in their own time as well as football drills to practice on a daily basis.

    This online fitness programme is based around staying connected with our peers, as peer support increases levels of confidence and positive feelings. It improves young people’s wellbeing and allows them to depend on on each other for help during this difficult period. It also gives young people the opportunity to talk about shared experiences and stay connected with a group of people. This provides them with a sense of belonging.

    Peer support encourages young people to be more hopeful about the future and when they see those around them succeeding, they want to follow suit.

    The young people we work with live around the Regents Park estate and the Fitzrovia area and many do not have their own gardens and may not have easy access to use a park. Therefore, it is important to support them in staying fit not only for their physical health but also to support good mental health during these difficult times.

    Research has suggested that this pandemic has had a severe effect on the mental health of many and so we must ensure we are continuously supporting the young people we work with. This programme is hugely based around physical activity and physical activity has the potential to enhance wellbeing. Even a short burst of 10 minutes’ brisk walking increases our mental alertness, energy and positive mood. Participation in regular physical activity can increase self-esteem and can help reduce stress and anxiety.

    We have been receiving positive responses from the parents of young people who have said their child is enjoying taking part in the online fitness training sessions and that it has also helped their child to stay motivated, fit and healthy during these unprecedented times. Another parent has stated that these online sessions have really helped their teenager to maintain a sense of routine during the lockdown.

    For more updates http://www.fya.org.uk/updates/



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