How can I keep my child active during the coronavirus (Covid-19)?

It’s important to encourage your child to find activities they enjoy. This way your child will not find the exercise a chore and they are more likely to stick at it. The choices may be more limited now; however, going for a walk, playing in the garden or listening to audio exercise programmes are all great options. You can stay physically active and keep up with mobility and orientation skills by building in activity and movement into everyday activities. The following resources may also be give you helpful ideas:

British Blind Sport

British Blind Sport are producing videos of activities you can do from your own home. They are also running a project called First Steps. It is aimed at children from 3 to 11 years with sight loss, and designed to encourage them to get active and learn new skills. You can register online.

Metro Blind Sport

Metro Blind Sport have a range of accessible audio programs and accompanying descriptions which can be accessed for free.

Sport England

Sport England have also pulled together a selection of online exercise platforms with on-demand fitness content, most of which are either free or offer extended trials.

Sport-Specific National Governing Bodies and Active Sport Partnerships

Many sport-specific National Governing Bodies have taken to their social media to set challenges for those who usually participate in sport – check online social media channels for inspiration on different ways that you can keep healthy and active.


The NHS Change4Life website has a section on Accessible Activities which are fun for all.

Guide Dogs

Have a range of fun physical activities on their website.

YouTube Channels

Joe Wicks will be running his PE sessions at 9am Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Cosmic Yoga are fun themed sessions aimed at children.

RNIB’s Children, Young People and Families (CYPF) team would like to hear from you if you have any specific concerns, in particular “How do I?” questions or topics. Please email [email protected] using the title “How we can help you?” with your ideas or concerns or call the RNIB helpline on 0303 123 99 99 

Guide Dogs Specialist Education Support Team are also available to answer any questions you have about your child’s current or future educational needs. Contact them on 0800 781 1444 or email them at [email protected]

General information on the coronavirus can be found on the coronavirus (Covid-19) web pages, along with additional information for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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