Resources to keep active during the coronavirus
We know colleges up and down the country have been supporting students’ health and wellbeing during this unprecedented crisis in many different and innovative ways.
We think it is important to recognise and amplify all the good work going on across the sector and have started sharing ideas of what colleges are doing on our dedicated coronavirus resource hub.
We are updating this page regularly and are keen to hear about any innovative ideas or use of technology being used to keep students active and engaged across different departments.
Use of technology
Joe Foreman is a lecturer and strength and conditioning coach at Coventry College Rugby Academy and has written an insightful blog into how he uses Microsoft Teams messenger groups, video analysis, video coaching and online meetings to get the most out of his students while they are at home.
In the blog for TES, he goes through the different timetables and ways of working: one for the vocational lessons he normally teaches and one for the coaching, strength and conditioning course.
Leeds City College has moved the gym provision onto Google Hangouts and added all students as part of an interactive gym group. Students get daily workout plans they can do at home and basic diet plans/ideas of how they can incorporate specific fruit and vegetables that help boost the immune systems via the college’s qualified personal trainer.
The Sports teams already had a Google Hangouts group so they were provided with challenges and activities they can do at home. An example is on the Leeds City College Students’ Union Twitter page.
The college enrichment team has also done this for all student societies and groups, such as LGBTQ, Pan Disability, Duke of Edinburgh, ESOL etc. providing various positive things they can do while at home.
Burnley College has used Google Classrooms as the base for all online teaching.
To ensure students are still learning and practising, the college has tasked their students to train each other via online video calls and get their parents and siblings at home to get involved
The students also have access to an online gym membership where the college post live fitness classes and fitness videos daily – this is to help them keep up their fitness, but to also make sure they are still picking up the coaching and instructing skills they need.
Student engagement and enrichment
The sports department at Leyton Sixth Form College have put together the LSC Healthy Home Guide
Every week they send out a home guide to keep body and mind active. It includes home workout ideas,
mental health strategies, easy, healthy recipes and fun quizzes to fight the boredom.
Anne-Marie Smith, Physical Activity and Wellbeing Co-ordinator, wrote a blog on why physical activity should be a priority during COVID-19 and three simple circuit activities to do from home.
Tyne Met College has introduced weekly yoga sessions with staff member Hannah Marshall for #WellbeingWednesday.
Ashton Sixth Form College has created an e-enrichment activity guide for students, which includes information on free sign language courses, exercise classes, home theatre links, language classes and more.
RNN Group made a ‘Happiness Hits’ playlist for the students to listen to over the holidays and have planned various challenges for students to get involved in such as Best Workout Song, Favourite Healthy Dish, Design Your Own Workout, Creative Challenge – Draw/Sculpt your favourite thing you have seen out in nature this week
Bolton College is sending out a weekly student magazine to help raise the spirits of their students. The students are helping to create engaging content by interacting with challenges. The magazine includes a creative corner page, a bookworm page, a keep fit page and a page with helpful links. This is all done in addition to their remote learning studies. The college hopes to create a staff version in the future.
Topics on the dedicated #StayInWorkOut webpage include exercising outside, online home workouts, gym-free workouts and how to get active with children.
Youth Sport Trust (YST)
YST has primary and secondary resources available, including personal challenge videos.
Moving more while you’re at home – including a video workout routine ideal for people who might not have taken part in sport or activity for a while, and are looking for that first step into getting active again.
The website also has a Being Active Guide for everyone with lived experience of disability or health conditions.
You don’t have to be self-isolating in order for coronavirus concerns to have an impact on mental health. Students and staff might find they are feeling worried, and working at home can also bring its own stresses.
These feelings are normal and it’s important we acknowledge them. A number of organisations have published guidance on mental health considerations relating to the coronavirus outbreak, including: Mind, The Mental Health Foundation and Young Minds.