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Wednesday 24th July 2019

#SummerOutdoors is a new initiative from the Department for Education designed to encourage children and families to enjoy a range of activities through the school summer holidays.

The benefit being that getting outdoors and taking part in activities can help to build confidence, character and resilience in young people and expose them to new experiences.

Why #SummerOutdoors?

Building children’s character and resilience is equally as important as achieving academically. The areas of activity that #SummerOutdoors will be drawing attention to will help develop character and resilience. They include elements that will stretch and challenge and will help young people think, develop and grow, which will enhance their self-esteem and their confidence.

Why support it?

The summer holidays is the perfect time for children to have fun trying new things and the ideas and activities that will be signposted will be free (or cheap) and accessible. It’s also your chance to piggy-back on a national drive to promote events and activities that relate to your own initiatives or are happening in your area.

Summer Outdoors will signpost a variety of ideas and activities from creative pursuits, physical activities, volunteering, work experience, sports and cultural events, and will highlight things taking place across the country that are available through national organisations like the Woodland Trust, Natural England, the National Trust and Sport England.

Please support this initiative via your own social media channels and if you have your own activities to share use the hashtag #SummerOutdoors.

In other news: UKactive is hiring a new Head of Inclusion 


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