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Posted on: 30/03/2021

Parents want wellbeing prioritised in schools as pandemic hits home

New research shows that parents have seen a decline in their children’s wellbeing during the last year. The research, commissioned by children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust and supported by the Gregson Family Foundation, was conducted by YouGov. It highlights parents’ desire for wellbeing to be measured and tracked, with 76% of parents agreeing that “we need to measure young people’s wellbeing if we are going to improve it”; something also supported by the charity.

Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive, Ali Oliver MBE, said:

'It is concerning that two-thirds of parents have seen a significant drop to their children’s wellbeing due to the pandemic and the message from parents is clear: wellbeing continues to be the most important issue at school and must now be prioritised.'

At Capital City Academy we have united behind the concept of an Active Recovery term, characterised by fun and active physical activity, time outdoors and a great focus on physical education and sport. Together we are developing ideas, content and resources which support engagement, learning and recovery.

We are pleased to be working with Youth Sports Trust, NGB and Sport England to address the many challenges we know children face.

Full details can be found here.


Capital Girls are once again the face of 'Power of Female Role Models' research!

Research shows that female role models at elite and grassroots levels can boost participation levels. Inspirational female role models can play a key part in engaging more women to participate in physical activity. The research is part of a project alongside Sport England, Essex Cricket, Leyton Orient Trust and the West Ham United Foundation looking at what influences women’s decisions and behaviours relative to physical activity and sport participation.

Most women spoken to during the research felt that exercise was important and identified a range of factors that contributed to good intentions not translating into reality.

For some, there were issues around motivation or feelings of unease around classic exercise and sport settings, such as gyms and other public spaces.

The full article can be found here.


Capital City Sports Partnership Update

It has been a busy time with children returning to school and the sports partnership has been looking at ways of addressing the decreasing numbers of children across the borough taking part in physical exercise.

Throughout lockdown we have continued to support our partnership schools and engagement has been higher than ever.

The Brent School Games

We launched the first ever Virtual Brent School Games this term which ran from 15th -19th March.

Schools were encouraged to create activities and to challenge other schools. There were 16 videos in total, some with multiple challenges. Videos were produced by staff and students. Students could complete as many challenges as they wish during the week.

Mr Mumuni had a starring role with the Capital City Challenge. Over 5000 students across Brent got involved. An amazing achievement! Thank you to all the schools that got involved.

Congratulations to Leopold Primary who won!

  • 1st place: Leopold Primary
  • 2nd place: Oliver Goldsmith Primary
  • 3rd place: Wembley Primary

Why not have a go yourself? Just for fun.


St Patrick's Day

We put together a beginner's Irish dance session for schools in our partnership. What a great response! It was brilliant to see so many children performing a ‘jig’.

270 people have clicked the link so far!

Click here if you would like to try.


The Capital Sports Partnership site

The Capital Sports Partnership website continues to develop. This term we have continued to provided resources and opportunities there. Themed weeks have included: Health and Wellbeing, and Empathy and Inclusion. Schools are starting to share their work with us and and can then become our featured school of the week.

One example was Newfield Primary School:

At Newfield Primary School, we work closely with Capital City School Sport Partnership to ensure that our children know the importance of a healthy active lifestyle. That is why the children at Newfield were given equipment and healthy food recipes to take home during this national lockdown. Some children have enjoyed learning to skip, learning new ball games, doing exercise and cooking as a family. Keep up the good work children!

Amazing work at Newfield Primary School; thank you for sharing!


Additional Opportunities

We have also been providing opportunities for Capital City Sports Partnership Primary Schools in Brent to receive some free professional sports coaching resources and equipment from our partners:

  • Middlesex Cricket
  • Major league baseball programme; 'First Pitch' baseball
  • LTA Tennis

Our long standing partnerships with national organisations offer fantastic opportunities for the children of Brent. Once again we are leading on two new national initiatives. 


Youth Mental Health and First Aid Awareness

Three of our Year 13 Leaders recently took part in a mental health programme raising awareness of young people’s mental health.

The course covered areas like:

  • Common mental health issues affecting young people, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis.
  • Skills to work more effectively with young people living with mental health issues.
  • Ways to support young people with mental health issues and relate to their experiences.
  • Mental health conditions
  • Self-harm
  • Supporting young people in distress
  • Mental and emotional wellbeing

West London Coaching and Volunteering Academy

12 Year 9 girls were invited to represent Capital City Academy as part of the West London Coaching and Volunteering Academy.

This is the first step on their leadership pathway. Training included:

  •   Introduction into the Academy
  •   Understanding your participants
  •   Planning and leading sessions
  •   Ethics and Philosophy 

Their first task is to work with other girls to increase activity levels amongst the least active girls. They then become active members of our Leadership Academy.

The Coaching & Volunteering Academy at Capital will go on to provide valuable sport-based coaching, volunteering and leadership opportunities that aim to enhance student experience, coaching skills and personal development.

From after-school volunteering projects, to one-off individual opportunities, Capital Coaching & Volunteering Academy (CCVA) exists to develop these young leaders. Through the CCVA leaders can gain further qualifications, valuable best practice sharing and experience to further their skills. There will also be opportunities to shadow other coaches, and work with staff to support their development. Volunteers will receive training specific to their role, inclusivity training, and many more opportunities to gain valuable experience to support them in future employment. 


National Research Project - Girls Active Survey

Once again Capital City Academy are proud to be a part of national research into the participation levels of young people. We spend time supporting new research to enable us to gain an insight into our own students. As part of the most recent research by The Youth Sports Trust  students at Capital City took part in a survey led by the Girls Active project. The aim of the survey was to gain an insight into the overall attitude, barriers, motivation and attitude to learning of both boys and girls.

The results were both encouraging and informative.

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