Helping children and young people in Rotherham get healthy

Information for parents or carers
Children and Young People's Health Services


Being overweight is bad for your child’s health now and in the future. Overweight children are much more likely to become overweight adults, putting them at increased risk of a range of health problems; including high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.

A healthy weight is different at different ages; please see the healthy BMI information that your healthcare professional will have provided you.

The best thing to do to support a child or young person to get to a healthy weight is to encourage any form of exercise, and to make healthier food choices.


We have collected some useful resources that may help you to support your child and family. Which of these activities do you think you / your child would enjoy? If you don’t try it you will never know!

The NHS website offers lots of good advice, and you can find healthy family meal ideas with the Change4Life Smart Recipes App. 

Children need at least 60 minutes of exercise on average per day


Clifton park 5K Run, jog or walk, held every Saturday at 9am.
Free activity. Starts 200 metres from the main museum building.

Jump Inc.
Rotherham The UK’s largest inflatable and ninja park.
Entry fee: £5 to £11

Youth Gym Rotherham (11-15 year olds)
Supervised sessions run at the Leisure Complex as well as other leisure centres e.g. Wath and Maltby


Mini Athletics


Rugby Tots
Thrybergh Academy
Telephone: 0345 313 0289


Rotherham Hawks Basketball


Rotherham Town Cricket Club
Telephone: 01709 361739


Rotherham Football Centre
Also offer other sports

Goals Galore
Beighton Saturday morning group for 4-7 year olds
£1 a week

Wickersley Youth Junior Football Club
Girls and boys teams from 4-18 year olds

Rotherham United Community Sports Trust

There are lots of local football and sports clubs; ask around or search online for your area.

Dance / cheerleading

Just Dance Studios

NovaCity Rotherham
Parkour, street dance, cheerleading

Rotherham Cheerleading Academy
Age 3+
Also offers free afterschool classes at the following schools: Brinsworth Manor, Aston Fence, St. Thomas and Aston Hall. Please see Facebook group for more information or email

Youth clubs / After school clubs

Pops Outdoor Adventure Centre
After school and holiday clubs
Rawmarsh and Wickersley
Telephone: 01709 527023

Brampton youth group
Telephone: 01226 759572

JADE Youth and Community
Telephone: 0190 956 5639

Martial arts / boxing

Paleo Fitness Millennium Boxing

Dragonfoot Gym
Kickboxing / martial arts
Telephone: 07779 784760

Aktive Martial Arts
Near Clifton park
Telephone: 07790 840608

Premier Martial Arts
Telephone: 07957 877 606

Rotherham JKA Karate Club
See Facebook group for more information

Kazoku Martial Arts
Telephone: 07974 885377


You can also search online for:

The Body Coach TV on YouTube by Joe Wicks.

‘Hey Duggee’ workouts and ‘Exercise around the world’

This Girl Can
Exercising with your child

Disney Dance-Alongs

Yorkshire Sport
Scroll down the main page and there is a green box with a variety of links to online exercise for children.

For more information about physical activity opportunities and healthy lifestyle tips and advice, follow WHAM Rotherham on Facebook. You can also search for activities on the Rotherham Gismo website.

There are lots of other activities and clubs to discover. Try them out and see what interests you! 

Download the free NHS Food Scanner app With a speedy scan of your family’s favourite foods, you can find healthier swaps for next time you shop.


Produced by Children & Young People’s Services & WHAM, February 2022. 
Revision due: February 2024. Version: 1.0
©The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust 2022. All rights reserved

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  • Page last reviewed: 3 August 2023
  • Next review due: 3 August 2024