Get active with the Longdendale summer challenge

THE recently formed Longdendale Covid-19 Mutual Support Group has devised an exercise challenge for children.

They want them to complete The Virtual Longdendale Boundary, a distance of 21K, during August.

The challenge is open to children in school years three to eight and for every 20 minutes exercise they cover 0.5K.So, 840 minutes must be completed to cover the full distance.

The group came together at the beginning of lockdown to provide practical help and support for local people.

They are made up of volunteers from resident’ groups, faith groups, local councillors and have been supported by Onward Homes.

The group is currently providing activity packs for children and The Virtual Longdendale Boundary is part of the programme.

The aim is to provide children with a fun physical challenge to take part in whatever their ability during August.

The Longdendale boundary is approximately 21K in length and the idea is that each block of 20 minutes of exercise a child completes, of any type, will move them ‘virtually’ 0.5K around the boundary line.

The activity can be something they do daily or weekly, in the home, garden, park or at the club, as long as the parent or guardian knows and is happy. If a child is receiving physiotherapy this also counts.

Each block of activity can be recorded in the logbook provided and ‘virtual’ progress around the boundary measured.

At the end of the challenge we will make sure each child receives a certificate of achievement.

Anybody from Longdendale wanting an activity pack for their child ought to email Jacqueline North

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