Train like a Jedi this summer

Train Like a Jedi Published: Tuesday, 31st July 2018

Children are being encouraged to keep active this summer with the help of Change4Life and Disney’s new Star Wars inspired programme.

Change4Life has launched its national ‘Train like a Jedi’ programme in partnership with Disney and Sport England to help get children more active.

The new programme uses the excitement of Star Wars and its characters to encourage children to ‘Train like a Jedi’ and is designed to increase levels of physical activity amongst children over the summer.

British taekwondo athlete and double Olympic gold medallist Jade Jones, leads children through a series of Jedi inspired moves in an exciting new play along video. 

Taking inspiration from the traits of iconic Jedi such as Luke Skywalker and Rey, the ‘Train like A Jedi’ programme helps children learn and master six key skills – technique, strength, stamina, speed, agility and mastery. The sequence of moves has been specially designed to increase children’s heart rates and benefit their health.

The video is designed for children to play along anywhere – either in groups, with their friends and family, or by themselves. It will also help children meet the daily recommended physical activity guidelines they need for healthy development and to maintain a healthy weight. The full ‘Train like a Jedi’ activity sequence can be done in 10 minute bursts throughout the day.

This year marks the fifth year Public Health England’s Change4Life initiative and Disney have worked together to inspire children to move more, with an estimated 300 million minutes of activity inspired to date.

Cllr Maureen McLaughlin, executive board member for public health and wellbeing, said:Being active helps improve children’s physical health and mental wellbeing, as well as helping to build social skills, boost self-confidence, improve bone and heart health and maintain a healthy weight.

“The new Train like a Jedi programme is a great way of getting active as every 10 minute burst of exercise can make a real difference in helping children reach the 60 minutes they need each day.”

Keep a look out for council employees running ‘Train like a Jedi’ activities at various community events throughout the summer holidays. There will be fun activities for children to get involved in, including Jedi Jenga, Jedi challenge fun wheel and mastering lightsaber skills.

  • 4 August, 10am – 4pm – Latchford Big Local Festival Launch, Westy Park
  • 7, 14, 21, 28 August, 11am – 4pm – VPX, Victoria Park
  • 1 September, 1pm – 4pm – Causeway Park Community Fun Day
  • 2 September, 1pm – 4pm – Woolston Show, Woolston Park

(Please note ‘Train like a Jedi’ games cannot be guaranteed at all of the above events and dates can be subject to change or cancellation due to adverse weather conditions.)

After completing the Jedi training, children will have mastered the Jedi arts and will become recognised Jedi Knights and participants will receive a graduation certificate and take home summer pack.

Search ‘Train like a Jedi’ online to find lots of exciting Disney inspired games and activities to make this a non-stop summer of fun and activity.