Youngsters move it in North Tyneside

The event took place at The Parks Sports Centre in North Shields.
The event took place at The Parks Sports Centre in North Shields.

Hundreds of pupils from North Tyneside schools ‘moved it’ as part of a festival encouraging young people to give a variety of sports a go.

North Tyneside Council’s Active North Tyneside team joined forces with the North Tyneside School Sports Association to host the Move It festival earlier this week, giving children from schools across the borough the chance to take part in several different sports. The activities included popular sports such as football and rugby, but also encouraged children to try new, less common sports such as archery and judo.

Along with their teachers, the children also took part in a variety of workshops, like smoothie spinning, which involved making delicious, yet healthy, smoothies, and sugar swaps, where they looked at healthy alternatives for sugary treats and sweets, helping them to make better choices when it came to choosing food.

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member responsible for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “It’s great to see children so enthusiastic about being active and adopting a healthy lifestyle. The diversity of the sports they have tried will show them different ways of staying fit as well as open their eyes to sports they may have never considered trying before.”

The event was held at The Parks, in North Shields, and pupils from across 18 schools took part in the festivities.

Active North Tyneside is an initiative set up by North Tyneside Council’s Leisure and Public Health teams to encourage people to move more, live more. Driven by the views of residents, they aim to provide activities and programmes to help people improve their lifestyle.