5x60 is a national sport initiative unique to Wales. 5x60 is changing the face of school sport providing opportunities for young people to take part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities.
The core aim of the 5x60 initiative is to see 90% of young people taking part in regular physical activity, thus achieving 5 x 60 minutes of sport or physical activity a week.
Within Rhondda Cynon Taf there are currently eight 5x60 Officers working across the borough. The 5x60 initiative is part of the Youth Engagement and Participation Service and is funded by Sports Wales. The 5x60 Officer’s role is to facilitate an extra-curricular programme with an aim to encourage those who do not take part in sport or physical activity to become active. This is achieved through consultation with young people to find out what activities they want to take part in, the time of activities and the day in which the activity will be delivered. Through consultation a host of exciting activities are organised each term and can take place before school, at lunch time, after school and at the weekends.
Activities currently offered include:
- Street Dance
- Canoeing / Kayaking
- Table Tennis
5x60 Officers will also work with key partners in the Local Authority such as Sports Development to ensure that activities are also provided in community settings, and link to community clubs.
By getting involved in the 5x60 programme in schools, young people can:
- Develop ownership of the opportunities that they have selected
- Enjoy physical activity
- Experience new opportunities, learn and develop new skills and also gain further qualifications
- Help deliver and organise the activities
- Participate in lifelong activity in whatever form they enjoy.
If you would like any more information please contact the Youth Engagement and Participation Service, on: 01443 744000