Last month, ukactive and Nike announced the launch of the third annual Open Doors programme, which aims to give more children the opportunity for an active summer.
Research shows that boys’ activity levels exceed girls’ physical activity levels at every age from 5 onwards. Even as the Lionesses surged through to the final of the World Cup against Spain, it is girls – especially those in underserved communities – that are adversely affected by inactivity.
Open Doors aims to remove the barriers of high expense for summer holiday provisions, with sports and activities set to be delivered by partners including Team Get Involved and JUMPLDN. This model falls under ukactive’s Schools as Community Hubs policy, calling on the Government to help unlock school facilities.
With the drop in cardiorespiratory fitness levels over the summer holidays felt more acutely by lower-income groups, the programme is designed to improve activity levels and wellbeing for young people at an affordable level.
To find out more about the programme, see here.