A trio of Ospreys players have been practicing a different kind of game today as they showed their support for the Welsh Government’s Games4Life campaign.
Games4Life is part of the Welsh Government’s Change4Life healthy lifestyle campaign. It aims to encourage children aged 5-11 to get physically active each day in order to combat childhood obesity. Games4Life activity packs are being given away for free to families across Wales who register their details via the Change4Life Wales website.
Alun Wyn Jones, James King and Dan Lydiate swapped their rugby balls for footballs and took part in a penalty shoot out and even tested out their piggy-in-the-middle skills just to show how easy and fun the Games4Life activities can be for young people and their families.
Alun Wyn Jones said:
“Physical activity has always been a big part of my life and I can see the health benefits that an active lifestyle brings. It’s really important that the younger generation learns how to be active and there’s no better way to get them motivated than by making exercise fun and exciting.
“It’s all about making small, simple changes like playing a game with your friends and family rather than spending large chunks of time in front of a screen. The Games4Life pack gives you ideas of games to play indoors, outdoors and in groups so there’s always a game to play, even in this wet weather!
“By showing our support for the Games4Life campaign today, we hope to raise awareness and encourage young people and their families to order their free activity packs and get more active this winter.”
The Games4Life pack contains a fun wheel, 18 activity cards, a poster and stickers. Children are being encouraged to spin the wheel each day and play the game that they land on, helping them to keep active. Families can register for their packs until 4th January via www.change4lifewales.org.uk.
Everyone that signs up for a pack will be in with the chance of winning one of 50 exciting prizes from personalized trainers and Smart Watch pedometers through to family Cadw membership.
Games4Life is supported by Diverse Cymru, Mudiad Ysgolion Meithrin Sport Wales, Welsh Gymnastics and the Urdd.