5x60 is a Welsh Assembly Government and Sport Wales initiative aiming to encourage young people to take part in 60 minutes of exercise, 5 times a week. To achieve this, a 5x60 Officer is based in every secondary school in Wales to oversee the project. The pupils themselves take ownership of the activities on offer in the timetable, and can influence when the activities take place, for example during lunchtimes or after school.
The activities on offer in Powys schools can vary from traditional competitive sports such as football and hockey, to informal recreational activities such as table tennis, badminton and squash. Outdoor adventure activities are also available, for example archery, mountain biking, surfing and rock climbing. Holiday periods are also catered for, with Summer Holiday Fun Weeks, Easter Golf Camps and Dance Camps to name just a few.
In addition, the 5x60 Officer's role is to recruit older pupils and sixth form students to help deliver sessions. In return for their commitment and dedication to the project, coaching courses are arranged and part funded for them, which allows them to gain valuable experience and vocational qualifications.
Each officer also works to provide as many club links and exit routes as possible in order to make the programme sustainable and encourage lifelong participation.
Contact details of 5x60 can be found here