Baroness Sue Campbell MBE blogged about the new Youth Sport Trust Manifesto yesterday saying this about the current state of our children’s health and fitness:
“Inactivity is destroying the potential of our children. The latest data shows around 4 in 5 children do not do enough daily physical activity to keep healthy. While most people, quite rightly, associate lack of activity with a decline in physical health and an increase in obesity, fewer people are aware of a wider, often hidden, consequence; that inactivity affects a child’s ability to succeed at school and in life.
Inactivity undermines a child’s ability to achieve in the classroom. Science demonstrates that low levels of aerobic fitness and physical activity are associated with declines in academic achievement, cognitive abilities, brain structure and brain function. Education and health are, of course, closely linked, with overall health and wellbeing levels a key determinant of how well a child can achieve at school.
But the detrimental effect of inactivity stretches beyond classroom achievement. Inactive children miss out on the personal, social and emotional development opportunities that their more active peers have available to them in abundance. A child taking part in sport, for example, has the opportunity to work in a team, to lead, to challenge, to win, to lose.”
The Youth Sports Trust wants this to change. Their Manifesto asks for action in three key areas:
For more information, you can view the full Manifesto by following this link :
or you can see a short summary of the Youth Sport Trust’s recommendations by clicking on the link below: