Sandwell charities Creative Academies Network (CAN) and Centre Sport have teamed up with national sports charity StreetGames to run an exciting programme called ‘Engage, Motivate & Move’.
Commissioned by Sandwell Public Health, the initiative is aimed at working with schools and colleges to make sport sessions, fun and free to all 17 secondary schools in the Borough.
Between now and July, pupils will be offered fun activities, including Kombat Krazee (martial arts to music) and StreetDance. These activities will appeal to young people who might not consider themselves “sporty” and those children who don’t currently engage in traditional sports clubs like football and cricket.
CAN and Centre Sport have a wealth of experience, built up over a number of years, when it comes to delivering activities for young people in Sandwell.
‘Engage, Motivate & Move’ is an opportunity for young people from different backgrounds to come together in order to help get more young people physically active, and help children in Sandwell get healthy.
Between now and the end of July, 300 young people from Sandwell’s secondary schools will be taking part. There will be 150 activity sessions to choose from.  100 of these will take place on the school premises, and a further 50 will be in parks and community centres outside school hours.
Each young person will also be given a free pedometer so they can set themselves a weekly challenge to increase their steps.  Walking to school and playing out at the weekend all counts!
Paul Jarvis-Beesley, Head of Health and Sport at StreetGames, said: “I hope the young people of Sandwell will love this sport programme.  It’s a tried and tested approach that has worked in other parts of the country.  We are delighted to be working now with Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, as well as CAN and Centre Sport.”
Jerrel Jackson, Chief Executive of Creative Academies Network, said:
We’re very excited about working with a wide range of young people across Sandwell and hope our offer of alternative provision will make a positive impact on the sport, health and wellbeing of individuals. We’re very passionate about this project and are happy to be working with StreetGames, Sandwell MBC and CentreSpot!
Gordon Andrews, Public Health Programme Manager at Sandwell Metropolitan Borough.

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