Physical activity is central to your child’s normal growth and development and its importance continues through their school years and into adulthood and older age, ensuring:

  • healthy bones, muscles and joints
  • a healthy heart and lungs
  • good coordination and movement control
  • a healthy body weight
  • reduced risk of conditions such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers

It’s recommended that children aged 5 – 18 years old do 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. This activity does not need to be done all at once and can be achieved across the whole day.

Games, play, sports  and activities such as; swimming, trampolining and walking or cycling to and from school are all great ways to help children achieve their 60 minutes and provide other benefits such as:

  • boosting your child’s mood and self-esteem making them feel good
  • social interaction
  • improved concentration and behaviour

For more ideas and information about how children and families can get active in Dudley visit the following links:

Park Active

Qualified volunteer instructors deliver free outdoor activity sessions in 5 parks across the borough.  Everyone is able to work at their own level and enjoy the benefits of exercising outdoors.  These circuit-based 45 minute sessions are family-friendly, fun and suit all ages and abilities.

Junior parkrun

Junior parkrun is a free, fun, and friendly weekly 2k event for juniors (4 to 14 year olds) held every Sunday at 9:00am at Stevens Park, Wollescote Road, Stourbridge, DY9 7JG.

Healthy Hub Parks Activities 

There are four ‘Healthy Hub’ activity centres across Dudley, offering free physical activities suitable for all ages and abilities.

Netherton Park, Dudley

Silver Jubilee Park, Coseley

Mary Stevens Park, Stourbridge

Huntingtree Park, Halesowen

Parks and open spaces

Find out more about our parks and open spaces, including locations, facilities, activities and events.

Phases Gym-based Physical Activity Programme

Phases is a free 12-week gym-based exercise programme for 11 – 16 year olds led by qualified instructors delivered at Action Heart Gym, Russell’s Hall Hospital on Saturday mornings.

Eligibility criteria:

– young person must live in the Dudley Borough, attend an education setting in the Dudley Borough, or be registered with a Dudley GP surgery

– young person must be inactive, undertaking less than 30 minutes of activity a day or be classed as overweight

To book a place ask your GP or school nurse to make a referral. Alternatively, contact the Children & Young People’s Public Health Team at cypteam@dudley.gov.uk  

The Dudley Community Information Directory

The Dudley Community Information Directory, provides you will find all the information and advice you need about Dudley. You can find things to do and places to go with details of events and activities taking place for children, young people and families.

Leisure Centres

There are four leisure centres in Dudley and an outdoor sports venue comprising of swimming pools, sports halls, lifestyle gyms, squash courts, soft play area, 3G football pitch and a running track. The centres cater for sports, fitness and recreation activities as well as a range of courses such as swimming lessons.

Active Zone

Inclusive activezone offers fun sports for children with learning or physical disabilities and their siblings or friends. Activities include trampolining, bouncy castle, dodgeball, volleyball, parachute games and multi sports. It’s free to attend, but booking is essential. For details please contact Crystal Leisure Centre

FREE Swimming in Dudley

Free swimming is available for children aged 16 and under during Dudley borough school holidays*

Walking Trails

You and your family can follow these self-guided trails and explore the history and heritage of the borough.

Cycling

Regular sessions are held on the first Saturday of every month including learn to ride, bikeability (level 1, 2 and 3) and organised rides. For more information contact the road safety and awareness team.

Rowing in Dudley

Whether a complete beginner or someone with previous experience, anyone aged 11 or over is welcome to come and try their hand at this fun, social activity under the supervision of a qualified coach. The club also has a number of participants with disabilities so it really does provide something for all. Rowing is also a great sport to do as a family, as you can share a boat or race against each other!

Better Health: Healthier Families Get Active Ideas

From fun 10 Minute Shake Up games to information about active hobbies and sports, here’s everything you need to get your family moving!

Marathon Kids

Marathon Kids UK in parks is a free programme that runs in parks all over the UK on weekends, allowing children to maintain regular exercise outside of school. It is fully inclusive for all ages (toddlers to teens) and abilities.

Children complete laps of a 250m course, earning wrist bands as they go. At the end of the session, the distance they’ve racked up is added to their personal account on the Marathon Kids UK app.

The Dudley event runs every Saturday at 10am at Grange Park, Grange Road, DY1 2AP