Being active at all stages of life is important. However being active as a child has many positive developmental, social and psychological outcomes, alongside the more obvious physical outcomes of being able to move freely and strongly and enjoy being active. If a child does a team activity they will be more likely to have the skills to work well in a team in future work, if they learn to balance they may be more confident to try a new activity like climbing or even riding a bike, if they learn to swim they may have the confidence to try out other water sports. Being active, enjoying being outside can help children to manage the stresses of everyday life and school.
Activities don’t have to be coached or structured, going to Skateparks, Roller Discos, cycling , climbing trees are all great for many reasons, but most of all enjoying what you do.
If you are an active teenager would you like to share how you got involved in your activities? Where you started, what did you try that led you to where you are now? What has inspired and helped you? We would love to share your stories. Please email: ActiveCity@bristol.gov.uk
If you offer activities for children and young people please let us know. It’s often hard for a parent or young person to know where to start when looking for activities so it would be great to provide a comprehensive listing here, we are keen to list a variety of activities from conventional sports to more varied activities. Download and complete either our Sports Club Form or our Community Activities Form, and email it to: ActiveCity@bristol.gov.uk