Activ8-2-16 is an initiative set up in June 2002 by the Leisure, Libraries and Culture Sports Development Team with the aim to increase long term participation in physical activity and sports by raising awareness of exercise and healthy lifestyles to young people and their families. Physical activity can make a positive impact in their life. The scheme has been able to develop further as it is currently funded by Families First.
The scheme aims to make exercise more accessible and affordable to individuals and is open to young people aged 8-16 with 'low risk' medical, emotional or mental health difficulties. The scheme aims to provide the opportunity for any young person who falls into this category to access the scheme if it is believed physical activity can make a positive impact in their life.
Aim of the scheme
The primary aim of Activ8-2-16 is to increase long term participation in exercise and to promote healthy lifestyles to young people and their families.
- To provide sustainable exercise opportunities for young people on the scheme.
- Assessment of individual clients needs, offering continued advice and continued support.
- Encouragement of individuals to address life style issues
- Evaluate and monitor the scheme and it's effect
- Develop links between referral partners and the council's leisure services.
The scheme is open to young people aged 8-16 years with one or more of the following 'low risk' medical conditions and their 'low risk' emotional difficulties:
- Diabetes (controlled)
- Eating Disorders
- Obsessional Compulsive Disorders
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) ADHD
- Low Self Esteem
- Anxiety Disorders
- Specific Conditions affecting motor skill development
Referring Partners in conjunction with the client and parent / guardian complete a 'recommendation form' detailing medical history, personal details and a brief reason for the recommendation.
These details are then forwarded to the Activ8-2-16 Coordinator who will then arrange for the relevant action to be taken to ensure the young person is introduced to the Sport and physical Activity on recommendation scheme.
What Happens Next?
- Swimming Lessons
- Multi Sports
- Junior Gym
- Dragon Sports
Cost and duration of the recommendation period
Most activities are provided as part of the scheme free of charge for a 6 week programme. However, where a third party provides those activities a small charge may be applicable.
During the recommendation period the young person will attend a structured session of activity that will last for 6 weeks.
All staff involved in the scheme are fully qualified; police checked and have received training in child protection issues.
All participants and parent/guardians will receive information on the programme at initial appointment with Activ8-2-16 Coordinator.