What was the North Lanarkshire Active Families project?

In North Lanarkshire, we took a direct approach to engage pre-school aged children in active play and games through our Active Families project.

By working in partnership with the Early Years division of North Lanarkshire Council and NHS Lanarkshire, and with support from the James Anderson Charitable Trust, Winning Scotland Foundation looked to lay the foundations of embedding active physical play at nursery.

Why was the project needed?

Through engaging children with sport during their early years, we aim to develop youngsters' ability and desire to be physically active as they grow older.

We want to reverse the trend of youngsters dropping out of physical activity and consequently being denied the benefits and life skills that having an active lifestyle can bring. The earlier young people are involved and exposed to being active, the more chance we have of them continuing to enjoy physical activity as they grow up.

How did we do it?

The Active Families project offered activity sessions for children in nurseries, and parents were encouraged to be involved too.

The main aim of the project was to get children active and parents engaged in their child's physical activity and potentially become involved as volunteer helpers in their child's nursery. 

The idea for the project was derived from our Positive Coaching Scotland programme, where it was recommended that for young people to develop a true, lifelong involvement in sport and physical activity, we needed to target children from three-years old and upwards.  

The results

Through the project in North Lanarkshire we:

  • delivered 1,310 one hour activity sessions
  • worked with over 3,000 individual children
  • provided 46 parent and child sessions
  • worked with over 550 parents
  • ran a Positive Coaching workshop and One Day Certificate in Sport Leadership to 29 nursery staff

You can read more about the details of the project and the difference that it made in the Active Families Evaluation Report (pdf).