Radical Reform for Physical Education

pe-teacher-with-studentsAn All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood have published a wide-ranging report and radical recommendations after finding that PE “commands a fear factor for too many children and teachers alike” – with practitioners partly to blame, reports Leisure Opportunities.

The article states the 51-page report calls for an overhauled system of education for PE teachers and research to compare practice of PE across the UK to aid the standardisation process, and implement a policy which will see an increase in the number of specialist PE teachers within state primary schools.

Methods of measuring impact should additionally be altered, said the APPG, which recommends the “review, revision and update” of Ofsted requirements for the delivery of PE from early years through to secondary schools, with physical literacy models of assessment.

The group hopes their report and recommendations “will mark a new start for PE and that they will prompt a serious review of the way it is taught so that all children can participate and experience the lifelong benefits to health.”

Kick It Out Football Programme 2016

The 2016 Kick It Out Football programme kicks off with local events taking place in Salisbury and Chippenham over October half term, prior to a grand final during half time of Swindon Town’s fixture with Charlton Athletic in November.

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Click Here to find out more about free Kick It Out Disability Activities!

Young people aged 11-19 are welcome to take part in the local events while anyone wishing to enter the tournaments should be aged 14 – 16.

Find out more about the Kick It Out Programme by following the link below:

http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure-activities-for-young-people

“Active Kids for All” – Access for All To Grassroots Sport

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Disabled people do not have adequate access to grassroots sport clubs and facilities and there is a “long way to go” before the situation improves, said the chief executive of the British Paralympic Association (BPA).

Leisure Opportunities report Hollingsworth as saying, “I still think we have a long way to go in the general accessibility of sport within local communities for disabled people.”

“Clubs and local authorities should be asking ‘is it actually possible for disabled people to play sports with the facilities that are available?”

Hollingsworth further asks, “Can clubs actually offer the opportunity through its infrastructure? Does it have the coaches to integrate disabled people effectively? Is the club genuinely accommodating of disabled people?”

Hollingsworth revealed that he was encouraged by the targets in the government sport strategy to reach underrepresented groups who proportionally take part in less physical activity, and the apparent “desire to see sport have genuine social impact” as well creating opportunities for those who already participate.

The former UK Sport executive highlighted Sainsbury’s Active Kids For All scheme as “one of the effective interventions” which has driven the participation in disabled sport since the London 2012 Olympics.

The Active Kids For All scheme is a “disability inclusion training programme”, intended to help coaches make mainstream sessions more inclusive for participants with impairments and create experiences that are satisfying for all participants.

“You take that evidence and see that you can actually make a difference because you’ve identified a problem and created a solution. I think that’s something we should see if we can do at local community and club level,” added Hollingsworth.

For more information about Innov8 Sportz’ Active Kids For All qualified coaches contact info.innov8sportzcic@gmail.com

Lazy Summer Holidays?? No, thanks!!

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Leisure Opportunities have reported there is new research to suggest lazy summer holidays are leading to a significant drop-off in schoolchildren’s fitness levels and hampering efforts to reverse the UK’s physical inactivity epidemic.

The study was carried out by the ukactive Research Institute.  Findings show British schoolchildren are losing 80 per cent of fitness gained during term time due to sedentary school holidays. More than 400 children taking part and were found to experience a significant drop-off in their fitness levels post-summer break, as well as a marked increase in BMI.

“The research we are presenting shows for the first time that the inactivity problem in the UK stems from an inactive summer time,” said ukactive research director and lead author Dr Steven Mann.

“Schools and activity providers are doing a fantastic job to increase fitness levels during term time, but the evidence shows that we need to focus our efforts on ensuring that the summer months are active months for all children.”

Further research from ukactive has highlighted how excessive screen time on computers, TVs and iPads is one of the biggest causes of sedentary behaviour among children during school holidays.

Help reverse this trend in your child by signing them up for an Innov8 Sportz or Get Active Summer Camp!!