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Active kids to help BHF charity


12:01am 5th November 2011

In the lead up to a very sporty time for Great Britain, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) is encouraging North Yorkshire schools, youth groups and nurseries to get active by signing up to one of its sporting initiatives: Artie's Olympics, Jump Rope For Heart or Ultimate Dodgeball.

Schools and groups taking part in any of the activities raise vital funds to help the nation's heart charity continue its life-saving work.

The scheme also allows for the school, group or nursery to keep 20% of the money raised.

Artie's Olympics is perfect for children aged three to eight and encourages them to get active and enjoy physical exercise from an early age. This scheme is suitable for nurseries, pre and infant schools, and groups such as Beaver Scouts and Rainbow Guides. The BHF provides all you need to hold your own sponsored Artie's Olympics in the free organiser's kit.

This year Jump Rope For Heart is celebrating its silver anniversary and since the first skip 25 years ago, over 25,000 schools and youth groups have taken part. Jump Rope For Heart is open to all schools, groups and clubs for children aged seven to 16. The free activity kit is worth over £30 and includes teaching materials, skipping skills and skipping ropes.

Ultimate Dodgeball is the new kid on the block. It is a fun, fast paced, inclusive game that can be played by children of different abilities from ages seven to 18. The free kit provides everything you need to play and to organise your own sponsored tournament.

As well going towards the recommended one hour of physical activity a day, the activities help pre-schools and schools fulfil criteria linked to the physical activity strand of the Government's National Healthy School Programme. They can also contribute to the achievement of a Healthy Schools Award, Activemark, Sportsmark and Sports Partnership Award.

Sharon Oakley, BHF Fundraising and Volunteer Manager in North Yorkshire, said:

"If children can catch, throw, dodge or skip they can take part in Ultimate Dodgeball, Jump Rope For Heart or Artie's Olympics.

"Each of the projects is designed to be fun for the children but also to educate them about having a healthy heart and keeping active.

"A wide range of our children's resources are available free of charge. But we can only do this thanks to donations of time and money - such as the sponsorship raised from schemes like Jump Rope For Heart, Ultimate Dodgeball and Artie's Olympics."

To find out how you can register and get the children active for the BHF visit bhf.org.uk/everyonewins

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