Being Active – 30:30 in Leeds with Youth Sport Trust

How do you trust that our children reach their daily target of 60 minutes Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA)? There are many initiatives out there to kick start your 30:30 journey. That’s right – 30 minutes MVPA at school and 30 minutes at home.

A Case Study

Thorner Church of England Primary School, is a Youth Sport Trust member school, based in Leeds. The school has been using Active 30:30 for the past two years, initially trialling the resource with a Year 5 class. It has since been rolled out to additional classes, with the intention to embed in the remainder of the school in 18/19 academic year. Headteacher, Ian Holmes, is an ambassador for the Youth Sport Trust and wanted physical activity to be a core ethos of the school to drive academic attainment. In this case study, Ian explains why Active 30:30 has become such an important part of the curriculum.

Thorner PS 30:30


What’s the Impact?

“Using Active 30:30 has made it really simple to get the children physically active throughout the day and they love doing a variety of activities during their active breaks”


“I really enjoy trying lots of new activities during the day and in my PE lessons. It’s lot of fun when we get to move around during lesson time as well, and we learn lots too.”


Looking Ahead

According to Ian, “the Active 30:30 resource is a useful toolkit that should not make teachers feel daunted. If the senior leadership team are on board and aware of the impact, it is a great resource to increase physical activity among students. My suggestion would be to start with a heat map and timetable where you can start the journey, make it clear to all teachers of the importance of it and get them on board, then approach the journey one step at a time.”

To read more about Ian’s thought and philosophy, click here.

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