Posted on Tuesday 5th May, 2020


Keep your mind and body active with a series of free, informative videos available for the whole community in a new initiative produced by Victoria University’s VU in the Community team.

Each week from early May, a new video will be premiered on Facebook featuring local legends and VU researchers tackling ways to maintain your mental wellbeing and keep physically active during isolation.

Parents in the midst of home-schooling will welcome a pre-prepared virtual recess with 30-minute fun routines as part of Kids Active Recess: Westside.

Join westside icons Bianca Chatfield from VU’s Netball Academy, Josh Risdon from Western United Football Club, and Mitch Wallis and Lauren Spark from the Western Bulldogs as they set out easy-to-follow sessions focusing on football, netball and soccer skills. Dance will also be explored by cultural powerhouse L2R Dance in collaboration with Footscray Community Arts Centre.

These short videos will be easy for any family to incorporate into their routine, and provide a unique way to fulfil your kids’ energy bursts.

“I’ve tried to keep it fun, simple and something that families can all do together or you can just as easily do it on your own. It’s free for everyone so I can’t wait to see who joins me for a session,” Bianca Chatfield said.

As we all adapt to the new circumstances resulting from COVID-19, VU researchers are working hard to share their research findings in accessible, consumable ways.

VU Research in Brief will bring this information into your living rooms in easy to interpret ways. There’s no complicated terminology in these videos, only take-home and applicable resources to help you navigate and optimise your mental wellbeing.

In under 20 minutes, discover the links between mindfulness and exercise with Michaela Pascoe and learn how to manage tensions within your household with clinical psychologist Dr Glen Hosking.


5-May at 11:30am

Kids Active Recess Video 1: Netball with Bianca Chatfield

7 May at 9am

VU Research in Brief Video 1: Living Harmoniously, presented by Dr Glen Hosking

12-May at 11:30am

Kids Active Recess Video 2: Soccer with Josh Risdon from Western United

14 May at 9am

VU Research in Brief Video 2: Mindfulness and Physical Activity, presented by Michaela Pascoe

19-May at 11:30am

Kids Active Recess Video 3: Backyard Footy Games with Lauren Spark from Western Bulldogs AFLW

26-May at 11:30am

Kids Active Recess Video 4: Dance with L2R in partnership with Footscray Community Arts Centre

2-Jun at 11:30am

Kids Active Recess Video 5: Footy with Mitch Wallis from Western Bulldogs


All videos will be premiered on the VU in the Community Facebook page.