Bolton Wanderers Community Trust and 33 local primary school children in Bolton were recently part of the successful national ‘Joy of Moving Home School festival’, which reached over 1,300 schools and engaged with thousands of families across England and Wales.
Recognising that children would miss out on their school sports day this year, the Joy of Moving Home School Festival aimed to fill that void due to the COVID-19 pandemic and give children and families activities to do at home.
The Home School Festival is part of the Joy of Moving programme which is an unbranded corporate social responsibility project by Ferrero designed to help children develop valuable life skills and get moving.
Following the launch of the new online Resource Hub, the Community Trust was one of a network of 73 Club Community Organisations which delivered the Joy of Moving Home School Festival, using the power of football to engage with children, families and schools.
The digital festival was born in lockdown, repurposing the traditional delivery of the Joy of Moving programme during which festivals are delivered in schools, engaging all ages in games and activities throughout a single day.
The current circumstances meant this was not possible and so the Joy of Moving Home School Festival was created so that families and children could have an afternoon of games and activities to get them moving and have fun in the safety of their homes.
Phil Mason, Head of Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, said: “We were delighted to be able to support so many schools in Bolton through the Joy of Moving Festival during this pandemic.
“Clearly physical activity is so important at any time but especially now for both physical and mental wellbeing.
“This is another great example of our club engaging with the town through the work of the Community Trust. We are committed to One Club, One Community, One Town.”
To get involved with the Joy of Moving Games visit www.joyofmovingresourcehub.co.uk