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Why Children Should Participate In Sports Activities

There Are So Many Sports That Can Be Played, Both Individually Or As Part Of A Team

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There are many reasons children should have access to sports facilities within the school environment and this is no secret. It’s not just the benefit of physical activity but about building on children’s confidence and developing their fundamental movement skills.

The great thing about sports for children is not only are they working on development, they don’t even realise it, as they see Sports as an element of fun.

Children don’t have to be sitting behind a desk to improve on key life skills, and this is why sports is hugely important to children.

Regular high quality PE & Sports and Physical activity improves the mental and physical well-being of young people, so we should aim to ensure all children have the opportunity to take part.

We have broken down the key reasons children should participate in sports activities.

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Key Factors

Improves Physical Health

Did you know that the Health and Social Care Information Centre (2015) conducted a survey and found that nearly a third of children aged 2 – 15 are overweight or obese?

The importance of getting children to play sports starts with the physical advantages.

Improves Mental Well-being

According to the NNPCC, young people are increasingly suffering with mental health problems with children as young as 8 reporting anxiety issues. Sports can help decrease this level through improved confidence and the relief of stress and tension.

Develops Social Skills

There are so many sports that can be played, both individually or as part of a team.

Working in a team-based activity allows children meet new people and having to communicate new ideas, listening to others as part of a group and communicating to solve problems is just a few of the things that will help children develop their social skills during sports.

Builds Self-esteem And Confidence

Taking part in sports is a great way to increase a child’s confidence through encouragement and compliments.

When a child is succeeding, it is the perfect opportunity as an authority figure whether it be a teacher or parent to highlight this and praise them for doing well and even rewarding them.

This would be as simple as giving a winning team a trophy.

Stimulate Friendly Competition

Team games are great for encouraging friendly competition and this pushes children to focus their mind on one common goal.

They will need to work together with team mates to overcome issues and show dedication and commitment to improve.

Teaches Life Skills

As previously mentioned, children will strive to achieve in sporting activities if rewarded.

This will teach children that when you work hard for something there will be a reward at the end of it.

Children will take this into further education and employment to be sure they work hard to get the results they want.

As with many of the points mentioned above children will gain many experiences from sports and take them into other aspects of life.

Make New Friends

Engaging children in sports, as already discussed, will allow them to interact with team players as they engage with each other benefiting by making new friends, hopefully life-long friends.

It’s good to make children feel involved and taking part in something good rather than sitting inside, let them socialise with friends – Sport is great for this.

Succeeding with Education

Some people do think sports is more of a distraction than a benefit but this is shouldn’t be the way.

A number of studies have found that exercise can have an influence within the school environment. Sport is known to give more energy throughout the day leading to a clearer mind, focus to be sharpened, enhanced moods and even improvement on memory.

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What Is The PE And Sports Premium?

The PE and Sports Premium was first announced in March 2013. The Government announced that it was going to provide additional funding (£150 million) to improve the provision of Physical Education (PE) and Sport in Primary Schools.

The funding is allocated to Primary School Head Teachers and has been ring-fenced so therefore can only be spent on the provision of PE and Sports within Schools, but HT’s have the freedom on how they wish to do this.

How Creative Play Can Help

Here at Creative Play we understand that it can be difficult to know exactly which piece equipment will benefit your needs. That is why we have a team of knowledgeable advisors waiting to assist you with any outdoor developments you may have.

We have spoken a lot about the importance of the provision of sports with the school environment above and we have a wide range of equipment to meet the required needs. PE and Sports Premium funding is received by the majority of schools with primary-age pupils.

Funding amounts differ depending on the number pupils in years 1 to 6- however in cases where schools do not follow year groups, such as some special schools, pupils aged from 5 to 10 attract the funding.

Schools must use their funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.

This means you should use your premium to:

  • Develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers.
  • Make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in the future.

Taken from the National Curriculum for Physical Education, we have summarised all skills and processes that need to be mastered by the end of Key Stage 2 into 12 key activities.

When our specialist in-house design team created the four sports and fitness package below, we wanted to be certain that all 12 key activities were included.

With this in mind, we have put together a selection of packages that include the 12 activities above and that fit within the budgets allocated through the PE and Sports Premium.

If you want to know more about these packages, get in touch with us today, while to browse our options, see our outdoor sports equipment section.

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