As the end of a school year starts to come to a close I start seeing more and more posts all over social networking sites regarding a certain day that I certainly loved as a child at school……sports day!
For most of us it was a day where you didn’t have to sit and write pages and pages whilst listening to your teacher without making a sound. It was a day where you could be as loud as you can, shouting and cheering for your friends, spend all day outside playing sport and taking part in athletics races. With all this in mind though, from what I have been reading, it seems like the adults are more excited than the kids. Could this be down to how our society and health awareness has changed?
Unfortunately over the past few years there has been much debate over sports day in many schools across the country. Some saying it’s a bad idea, some banning the day all together and some taking away the individual races so that the competition is taken out of the day. Now finally this year it seems like there is more influence and activity going on in schools probably due to the fact that we will be opening the Olympic Games in less than a month’s time….but is it too late???
Recent studies conducted on children between the ages of 8 and 10 have shown that the majority of these children are only partaking in 20 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a day. Which is way below the recommended 60 minutes. This 20 minutes accounts for only 4% of their waking time. It was also mentioned that girls activity levels were even less than boys.
We all know that as we get a little older and we move further into our teenage years that the majority of us tend to see a decrease in activity levels. This begs the question though that if at the ages of 8 and 10 we are only spending 4% of our waking time being active, can it actually get much lower?
This research has suggested how important it is for parents and schools alike to take responsibility of getting more children involved in sport, in particular girls. I’m sure that with the likes of Wimbledon, the European championships and the Olympic games, this summer will not be much of an issue getting kids active. However, will these activity levels continue once these events come to a close for another year?!
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