Gloucestershire martial arts group launches sessions to help improve children’s mental health

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A Cirencester and Stroud based martial arts group is providing ‘crossover’ sessions to help improve children’s physical and mental health during this lockdown phase.

The sessions will be aimed at Beavers, Guides and Playgroups, as part of their normal session.

Founded by Victoria Foote in 2002, Ninja Tots & Kids usually delivers martial arts classes for children aged 3 – 14 from Cotswold Leisure Centre in Cirencester and Stratford Park Leisure Centre in Stroud.

Victoria, who made the decision to move all classes online, so that existing students wouldn’t miss out, is now reaching out to local community groups with the offer of helping their members take part in some physical activity.

She said: “Children are built to play and built through play and in these unprecedented times many of them have missed out on this vital area of childhood development. “

Victoria has already been contacted by a Cirencester Beaver and Guide groups, with playgroups also interested in the martial arts group.

“With the news that many children will not be returning to their school before the end of this academic year, they are not receiving a structured PE class, which is key to physical, intellectual, emotional and social development,” Victoria added.

“By offering these crossover sessions, I am providing those children with a session to enjoy and hopefully ‘kick’ their interest in sport again.”

For more information, visit https://www.ninjatotsandkids.com/online-classes.html

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