21st April 2020

The coronavirus crisis is unprecedented in modern times and it could have a significantly negative impact on the nation’s physical activity levels. We are on a mission to prevent that from happening and that is why we’ve launched the #GardenGames to encourage families to be active in their own gardens or yards.

Andrew Tunnah, Strategic Lead for the Active Partnership said, “With people working from home and children also at home, this can be a stressful time. And we know that physical activity is an effective stress buster and that is why we have come up with a fun, safe and active competition to get the whole family involved with.”

The concept of the #GardenGames is simple. Families are tasked with being creative to develop their own activities using whatever equipment they have available, from bats and balls to rolled up socks and wastepaper bins. They then are asked to post a video on Facebook or Twitter of their family competing in their own games, using hashtag #GardenGames.

With the 2020 Summer Olympic Games now postponed until 2021 and our very own School Games activities being cancelled due to the closure of schools we’re doing everything we can to support people to get and stay active, provided they are well enough.

There will be prizes for the most innovative games and best videos, we want families to try other people’s games and share their videos on social media using the hashtag.

How it works:

  • Develop your very own innovative sport/activity using day to day items from around the house, you don’t have to use sports equipment e.g. if you haven’t got a ball can you use a pair of rolled up socks, be creative!
  • Come up with a scoring system and rules (no more than 3 or 4)
  • Video you and your family competing in your very own game
  • Post your video and rules on our Facebook or Twitter page using #GardenGames
  • Share and tag and nominate your friends
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