Olympic and World Champion Rower, Mark Hunter MBE, has committed to raising awareness of the importance of family play by becoming a real play Ambassador.
After finding out about real play – a programme designed by education specialists Create Development to support families to play and learn together – Mark became a proactive advocate for the scheme.
With almost a third of UK children overweight or obese, the Government introduced their “Plan for Action” for eliminating childhood obesity. It’s suggested that children should take part in 60 minutes of physical activity a day with 30 minutes at school and 30 minutes at home. real play gives families the tools and advice to be active in the evenings and at weekends in a fun way, helping them develop a positive relationship with physical activity.
Mark explained: “Parents really do struggle to find fun ways to keep their children active and engaged, so I wanted to be part of the solution for them. We’re essentially ensuring these 60 minutes of activity out of school are achieved. Schools have tips and resources to keep kids active in a club and they’ll teach the parents how to do the same at home.”
Having experienced it first-hand, Mark believes educating and supporting the family unit plays a major role in not only developing children’s personal, social and emotional skills but also changing families’ attitudes towards physical activity.
He said: “This is such a great opportunity to make a difference and be part of a movement to change the lives of more and more families and change how they see physical activity. real play is such a unique way to engage and support families who just need a little help – the potential outcomes are huge.”
Mark will continue to endorse real play across the country by encouraging schools to get involved and support families through the power of play.