The Bristol Sport Foundation has teamed up with UK digital platform, PT SportSuite to tackle inactivity amongst local families using a brand-new, state-of-the-art mobile app.
The app aims to provide opportunities for families to access exclusive digital content in order to get active in their own homes and gardens, with classes taught by coaches from the Bristol Sport group.
Harnessing the PT SportSuite platform, which has seen the development of mobile apps for Championship football club Bristol City, Premiership Rugby side Bristol Bears, and British Basketball League team Bristol Flyers over the past nine months.
“Bringing sport and physical activity to the front rooms and gardens of the UK in these difficult times is the least we can do,” said Rich Cheary, CEO, PT SportSuite.
“We are helping the Bristol Sport Foundation to keep its community active and the feedback we’ve had so far has been fantastic.
“The platform allows families to engage with others taking part and means that they are making friends while keeping fit.
Rob Webber, Head of Operations, Bristol Sport Foundation, said: “During lockdown we have unfortunately seen health inequalities and inactivity rise at an alarming rate as families are confined at home and parents are having to take on the role of teacher and coach alongside their day jobs and the normal challenges of being a parent, it’s a very unsettling and unclear time for parents and children.
“Children are spending increased times on their phones, so being able to use app-based technology to provide physical literacy lessons and active free play games and challenges, allowing children and parents to express themselves, be creative and lead active, healthy and happy lives in a safe environment.
“Our work with PT SportSuite means we can create a digital home in the form of a mobile app where children can put aside 15 minutes of their day, even in their own urban garden for example, and stay active, stay healthy.
“We’re excited about the partnership with PT SportSuite as, for us, it puts smart technology at the centre of our mission to help improve the lives of people living in the communities of Greater Bristol.”