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Active Schools videos helping to keep Moray's children fit

By Garry McCartney

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Active Schools is also on lockdown but still keeping pupils ticking over.
Active Schools is also on lockdown but still keeping pupils ticking over.

MORAY Council's sports development team is encouraging families to keep fit via social media during the coronavirus lockdown.

Forres ASG Active Schools co-ordinator, Rosalyn Carruthers, has confirmed that her department is working as a unit to support communities, adapting to offer exercise opportunities online via the Active Schools and Sport in Moray website and Facebook page.

She said: "This has proved to be really successful with our post reach increasing and many more of our followers engaging with our posts. We want to support our clubs, families and athletes during lockdown so we have adapted."

Regular slots on the Facebook page include: (Monday morning) a weekly set challenge encouraging families to send in videos and pictures of them doing it; (Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm) live workouts with local athlete Kenny Wilson; (Wednesday and Saturday at 6pm) shining the spotlight on Active Schools partner clubs; (​Friday) streaming pictures and videos of those who took part in challenges; (​Saturday 10am) tennis with head coach at Forres Tennis Club, Joe Hargreaves.

Mrs Carruthers said: "Week one of the set challenge was a dance video and many families used TikTok for their short videos, week two was a keepy-ups football challenge, week three was to design a poster promoting active schools activity, and week four was a circuit.

"Kenny Wilson is a brilliant role model. He has represented Scotland in races and is involved in the Scottish Marathon Project. His workouts replicate a tailored version of his own training, focusing on strength and conditioning. He is really encouraging and motivating."

She added: "We have the privilege of working alongside local clubs who share our aims and are shining the spotlight on them to highlight the fantastic work they do, their training and set fun skills, drills and challenges.

"Joe Hargreaves delivers tennis across Moray and is providing short videos with great demonstrations of skills/drills and activities for all the family to improve on their skills and footwork."

Active Schools are also promoting Elgin Youth Café's weekly challenges at http://ow.ly/wGTg50z16Cu along with 9am universal 30-minute PE workouts from television's 'body coach' Joe Wicks.

All is available at https://sway.office.com/cTdWrNZMpDPTqkyd

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