Competitions for children and young people during lockdown in Leeds

Win a tablet with #OurChildFriendlyLeeds Monthly Competition!

During last year’s lockdown, we organised many competitions for children and young people in Leeds. You can read more about the themes and winners here. We had such fantastic feedback from schools and families that we have decided to bring back the #OurChildFriendlyLeeds competitions as a monthly opportunity to get involved in, each with a different theme.

Theme 1: Well-being Matters – Create a personal well-being toolkit!

In such a time of change, loss and worry for young people  – prioritising personal emotional well-being is incredibly important. To help promote this message to the young people of Leeds, we are inviting you to produce the ultimate personal well-being kit for yourself that can be used for children and young people across the city.

We would like you to come up with a personal well-being toolkit, something with tips or things on how to look after oneself. This could includes a plan of things you can do to take care of yourself when feeling stressed or anxious. Whether you want to draw it as a guide, write a list, create a self-care bingo, a diary, share a video, or a picture of a well-being kit – we want to see it! A few great examples can be found here!

Sometimes people forget to take time out to enjoy the things they want to enjoy and that make us happy  – so designing what you think is the ultimate guide to personal well-being for a young person/child in Leeds would be brilliant! For this competition, we have teamed up with Swillington Primary School in Leeds. They will be sponsoring the prize and their pupils will help us pick the winners! We are also working with Balfour Beatty and winners from this competition series will be invited to leave their winning entry or something of their choice in a time capsule that will be going in the ground in Leeds on their new road developments. The winning entries and other pieces of work by children and young people living in Leeds that has captured the pandemic from a parent/ child/young person’s view will be put into the time capsule.

How to enter?

The first theme and competition is open from February 1 – February 28 at 12noon. The competition launches on #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek and many fantastic resources and information about it can be found here.

Please enter via social media and use the hashtag #OurChildFriendlyLeeds, you can also personal message us on there and email entries to The entries will be shared on social media and our website. The winning entry will receive a tablet and their personal wellbeing toolkit will be shared across the city.

If you are feeling sad, worried or angry at the moment, try to talk to an adult that you trust, such as your parents or a teacher. They can help you work out how to feel better. 

The MindMate website has lots of useful information. Why not check out the games and tools?  They can help with everything from dealing with stress to starting conversations


Play at least one of the RSR or GASA games and then design your own fun game card. All games can be found using the link below. A winning game card will also have the opportunity to be further developed by a graphic designer to become a part of future resource packs, so your game could be enjoyed by other children across the city! Vouchers for the winners: 1st prize – £50 —- 2nd prize – £30 —– 3rd prize – £20

Enter by February Half term: Email: or post: James Beaston, John Charles Centre for Sport, Middleton Grove, LS11 5DJ

Include your full name, age and a way for us to get in touch if you’re a competition winner (telephone number, e-mail address or postal address). Contact details on entries will only be used for us to get in touch if you’re a competition winner.

With the lockdown back again and wintry weather upon us, you might well be stuck with bored children at home! Creative kids competitions are a great way to keep them busy – but will also put their brains to work. Super Lucky is competition blog by Di Coke and she has shared lot’s of competitions that are open to all ages. Good Luck!

The School Reading List have compiled a list of writing competitions for children and young people to enter during lockdown.. The contests are checked and updated each month. They have also compiled a list of recommended creative writing manuals and writing workshop activity guides suitable for use with KS1, KS2, KS3 and KS4 at the bottom of this page. 

We are using Child Friendly Leeds social media channels to share details of online learning resources and fun and engaging activities for children and young people to help keep them busy indoors, so if you have anything to share then please let us know so we can support this.

Read our ultimate guide with things to do with kids including the following:

Click the image for links to free educational resources and learning tools.

Our ultimate lockdown guide has fun and creative ideas, links and resources to enjoy at home.

As we’re in lockdown 3.0, below are some links to guidance, health advice and support.

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  1. iWRITE | Students Factory –

    iWRITE is the International Handwriting Competition in two Languages, English & Arabic. Competition is classified into two categories; School and General Category. It is freely open to all from anywhere in the World to submit their entries online in our website. Participants are requested to write the same quote published by us every year in our website. iWRITE is the first step Students Factory takes towards gamification approach, other activities are coming soon -

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