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Offering something different to Joe Wicks is inspiration behind Kitteridge All Sports' I'm A Celebrity-inspired exercise sessions for schoolchildren in Bishop's Stortford area




Bishop's Stortford might be some 20-odd hours away from Australia, but schoolchildren are getting to stay active in lockdown thanks to some I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!-inspired activities.

Rather than eating creepy crawlies – or worse – and getting up close and personal with rats and snakes, more than 1,000 primary school pupils have been collecting stars by taking part in fun games put on by Kitteridge All Sports.

Director Ross Kitteridge and coach Aaron Cameron-Prior have come up with sessions to enable youngsters to work on fundamental skill sets such as throwing and catching, running and jumping and their ABC – agility, balance and coordination.

Albury pupils taking part in the KAS sessions (44198709)
Albury pupils taking part in the KAS sessions (44198709)

The classes are held live over the internet, with children either taking part at home or being able to follow them on a big screen if their parents are key workers and they are going into school.

"We came up with the idea of providing something a bit different to what Joe Wicks was providing. We've tried to make it a bit more interactive," said Kitteridge.

"What Joe Wicks has done is amazing, but children often enjoy something for a certain period of time and then that enjoyment might not be there.

Ross Kitteridge leading one of the school sessions (44198707)
Ross Kitteridge leading one of the school sessions (44198707)

"I think we've kept our numbers up because we're doing something different every week."

The Bishop's Stortford primary schools taking part are All Saints, Manor Fields, St Michael's and Thorn Grove while pupils at Albury, Birchanger, St Mary's in Hatfield Broad Oak, Little Hallingbury and Puller Memorial at High Cross, near Ware, also enjoy the activities.

A 50-catch challenge is among the games that have proved popular, while creative families have taken part in throwing games by, for example, trying to throw rolled-up socks into pots and pans.

"Even if people don't have the right equipment they can still take part and it's all about thinking outside the box," said Kitteridge, who is also head coach at Manuden Junior Football Club having previously worked in Arsenal's academy.

All Saints pupils taking part in the KAS sessions (44198705)
All Saints pupils taking part in the KAS sessions (44198705)

"We're trying to reach out to everybody. We know that not every child is sporty or that every child likes every sport.

"It's also about giving parents and carers ideas for games that are simple but enjoyable."

Football and dance are also part of the schedule, while chairs and sofas have come in handy for some balance activities.

Albury pupils taking part in the KAS sessions (44198712)
Albury pupils taking part in the KAS sessions (44198712)

"Kids have missed out on countless hours of being outside and playing with friends," added Kitteridge. "It's so important that they get that 40-45 minutes of daily exercise."



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