Since the lockdown was introduced, we have been extremely busy working on a variety of ways to support our participants to keep them engaged and active.
We appreciate the current difficulties, and that parents and guardian(s) have been doubling up their job roles to become teachers at home, as well as managing their own jobs and ensure everyone in the household remains safe.
So with this in mind, we produced a number of ‘At home’ challenges and skills sessions to practise. These can all be found through our YouTube channel.
There has also been weekly tasks developed by the Premier League and its’ Primary Stars programme, of which we have frequently shared online. This provides many different cross-curricular activities using football and sport as the role model. You can check them out here.
Our Football & Education students, have received home learning packs which involve individual fitness sessions and further tasks to complete to ensure they are supported both physically and from a well-being point of view.
Shortly, they will be gaining insight into various industries and career pathways when we begin our educational webinars with some fascinating guests!
On a more social front, we held out first RDP quiz night with over 30 families in attendance from across Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Peterborough. The very aptly named ‘No Klose’r than 2 metres’ came out on top. A lot of good fun, and it was great to see so many positive, happy faces.
Looking ahead, we have launched our very first in a series of virtual training sessions!
The first one, due to take place on Sunday 3rd May, is a Development Centre style session for both boys, girls (and parents/guardians) to have a go at!
We have further virtual sessions planned, with a variety of activities each with a different focus. But for now keep your eyes peeled for our announcements.
With all this in mind, we have focused our attention on our key workers, and our NHS.
As an RDP, we wanted to give back in some way, so all of our online events have been to raise money for the NHS. The quiz night made over £300 and we thank everyone for their generous donations.
Moving forwards over the next few weeks, we will continue to provide the ability for our participants to make donations alongside the activities we put in place.
We miss all of our participants and of course our staff and It won’t be long before we are back together.
Until then, stay positive, stay active and stay at home!
Alex, Matt & The RDP Team.