Children urged to put down the console and play outdoors

Children are being encouraged to get outdoors this autumn. Credit: Patrick Pleul / PA Images

Children are being encouraged to take part in a range of indoor and outdoor games, as part of a Welsh Government initiative to get kids active and tackle childhood obesity.

Games4Life is a physical activity campaign supported by Sport Wales, Welsh Gymnastics, Diverse Cymru and the Urdd.

It's aimed at capturing the imagination of children aged 5-11, with ideas for active games indoors and outside.

The latest figures show that 26 per cent of young children in Wales are classified as being overweight or obese.

It's an epidemic which is estimated to cost the Welsh NHS over £73 million, with over a million being spend each week, treating diseases caused by it.

The Games4Life initiative hopes to engage groups of children who are statistically less likely to participate in sport and physical activity.

Children are being encouraged away from game consoles and outdoors. Credit: Alexander Stein / PA Images
Welsh Government are hoping Wales’ current sporting success will inspire children to have a go. Credit: John Walton / EMPICS Sport

Game4Life Ambassadors are being appointed as part of the campaign and will help promote it in Welsh schools and local communities.

Parents can sign up for a Games4Life pack online which includes activities, a fun wheel, a poster and sticker sheet to mark progress.