Updated: Sunday, 29th March 2020 @ 7:27am

Building block to starting blocks: Manchester babies to benefit from London 2012 Olympic programme

Building block to starting blocks: Manchester babies to benefit from London 2012 Olympic programme

By John McDougall

Babies in Greater Manchester are to benefit from a resource approved as part of this summer’s Olympic and Paralympics Games.

As part of the London 2012 inspire programme, the Let’s Play Baby (LPB) resource has been granted the Inspire mark, and encourages the development of vital early movement and dexterity skills that form the bedrock of activity in later life.

Helping to complement the UK Physical Activity Guidelines published in July 2011 ‘Start Active Stay Active’ – it is hoped that the LPB resource will help to promote and support physical exercise in children under five years of age.

LPB has the full backing of Lord Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), who said: “The Inspire programme is ensuring the legacy of the 2012 Games starts now as projects like Let’s Play Baby are enabling people in Greater Manchester to make positive changes.”

Parents are being encouraged to let their children undertake exercises, allowing them to move about freely in safe environments – away from the confines of a buggy or a car seat - thus helping to build Olympic and Paralympic stars for the future.

The project is part of creating a legacy for generations to come from the London 2012 Games that affects, not just the capital, but the whole of the country including the region of Greater Manchester.

The resource is free for parents in Greater Manchester, is supported by the Greater Manchester Public Health Network (GMPHN), and can be made available either by midwives/health visitors via the ‘Red Book’ or online at http://www.greatersport.co.uk/letsplay/