National children’s charity launches Joe Wicks inspired PE sessions for disabled children

National children’s charity launches Joe Wicks inspired PE sessions for disabled children

Therapy staff at children’s charity CPotential have devised PE sessions for physically disabled children, after being inspired by the lockdown success of Joe Wicks.

Families connected to the charity have loved the idea of the fitness sessions for their children and wanted to be more involved. However, with a wide range of movement disabilities amongst the children and young people supported by CPotential, they were unable to join in many of the exercises.

This feedback worked as a catalyst for the therapists and conductors, who wanted to ensure that all children could enjoy PE sessions, regardless of their abilities. They have now created fun and inclusive PE sessions of their own.

When Dr Ranj Singh, Paediatric Doctor and TV Presenter heard of the project, he was extremely supportive. Ranj said, “We know exercise is key for children’s physical and mental wellbeing, but we must make sure that ALL children get to benefit from it regardless of ability. Tailored exercises which involve those with disabilities are a wonderful idea – and the kids will love them!”

As of Monday 1st February, CPotential will be releasing their very first Inclusive PE video across their social media channels. They have designed three levels of activity loosely based on the cerebral palsy GMFCS classification system, although the activities are suitable for children with a range of disabilities and can be done by anyone, so it is hoped that siblings will join in.

Each of the three video levels will be released at 8am across Monday, Wednesday and Friday and can then be used on a regular basis from thereon in. Families are encouraged to give it a try and feedback to the charity with photos, videos and any new ideas and share with other families living with disabled children.

Chris Smith, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist at CPotential said, “The government recommends that children have 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day, so the PE program that we have put together will go a long way to making this a manageable reality in lockdown for our families. We hope that it will provide an opportunity for families to come together and enjoy a fun activity together.”

First video can be found on this link – from 8am Monday 1st February.

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