Change4Life Sports Clubs are a new type of extracurricular sports club, designed to increase physical activity levels in less active children in primary and secondary schools by:

  • Using multi-sport themes (primary) or alternative school sports (secondary)
  • Using the inspiration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
  • Responding to what children want
  • Establishing a habit of regular participation
  • Developing a real sense of belonging
  • Changing behaviours relating to key health outcomes (including healthy eating, physical activity and emotional health)

Schools can use their Primary School Sport funding to purchase Change4Life Sports Club resources. To find out more and purchase for your club please click here (Change4Life Sports Club Resources).

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How do Sports Clubs relate to other school sport initiatives?

The clubs can give children the skills and confidence to take part in the Sainsbury’s School Games opportunities at Level 1 (intra school) and Level 2 (inter school), and beyond.

Is there any evidence that the clubs are effective? Change4Life Sports Clubs are having a significant positive effect on the physical activity levels of the young people involved and their attitudes towards being active and healthy. This is contributing to their wellbeing and other aspects of their school and personal life.

Change 4 Life Campaign overview and policy background

Change4Life’s aim is to inspire a broad coalition of people, including the NHS, local authorities, businesses, charities, schools, families, community leaders – in fact anyone working with families or individuals – to all play a part in improving the nation’s health and well-being by encouraging everyone to eat well, move more and live longer.

Launched in 2009, Change4Life was aimed at parents with children. The movement now encompasses adults, and has a sister brand, Start4Life, which introduces healthy habits right from birth. Change4Life uses cartoon imagery and informal, non-judgmental language to suggest easy diet and exercise swaps. It also offers support so that our audience is more likely to make the changes they need to a more healthy lifestyle.