Source: Sport England Press Release
Children's activity levels on the rise
This finding comes from Sport England’s ‘Active Lives Children and Young People’ report into the activity levels of the nation’s children and means that 3.3 million children are now meeting the new recommended Chief Medical Officer Guidelines - 279,600 more children than last year.
Government guidelines recommend that children and young people should get 30 minutes of their daily physical activity in the school day and 30 minutes outside of school. The figures show that there has been a rise in children getting active outside of school over the last year, with 57% (up 4.6%) doing an average of 30 minutes or more a day outside of school, compared to 40% at school.
As part of our 2016-21 strategy Towards an Active Nation, Sport England is already investing £194m in children and young people, within its remit of responsibility for sport and physical activity outside of school from the age of 5.
Activities outside of school that are on the rise include active play, team sports and walking.
At the other end of the scale, 2.1 million children and young people (29.0%) are doing less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day, and while that number is decreasing (by 3.9% over the last year) it is a reminder of how much more needs to be done. In the middle, another 1.7 million (24.2%) children are ‘fairly active’ taking part in average of 30-59 minutes a day.
The inequalities that were surfaced by the first report last year remain, with children from the most affluent families more active (54%) compared to the least affluent families (42%) while boys are more active than girls at every age from five up.
The survey also shows that active children are happier, more resilient and more trusting of others and it has also shown a positive association between being active and higher levels of mental wellbeing, individual development and community development.
Active Lives Children and Young People provides the most comprehensive overview of the sport and physical activity habits of children in England. It looks at the number of children taking part in a wide range of sport and physical activities (ranging from dance and scooting to active play and team sports) at moderate intensity, both at school and out of school. The report is based on responses from over 130,000 children aged 5-16 in England during the academic year 2018/2019, making it the largest study of its kind.
ACTIVITY SETTING – AT SCHOOL VS OUT OF SCHOOL
The report also shows that significant inequalities remain when looking at children’s activity levels:
Other interesting points to note are:
TYPE OF ACTIVITY
MENTAL WELLBEING BENEFITS
ATTITUDES TO SPORT AND ACTIVITY
The full Active Lives Children and Young People report is available here.
British Orienteering announces today that Graham Patten has resigned from the Board of Directors.
Graham’s resignation is due to personal reasons and increased business commitments. Graham has resigned with regret and wishes British Orienteering and the Board all the best for the future.
Chair of the Board, Drew Vanbeck stated: "On behalf of the Board of Directors and of British Orienteering, I extend our sincere appreciation to Graham for his contribution to the sport and personally I look forward to continuing to have the benefit of Graham's wise counsel.”
Drew added, “We are in the process of searching for individuals who can fill the vacancy created by Graham’s resignation and that of Judith Holt who is due to step down from the Board at the next AGM after serving the full 9-year maximum as a director. If you are interested or know of someone who is prepared to volunteer and help British Orienteering develop and advance its strategic agenda please do not hesitate to contact me or the Chief Executive Peter Hart."
The next World Orienteering Day will take place on Wednesday 13 May 2020.
In 2020, between Wednesday 13 May and Tuesday 19 May 2020, any activity held can be registered as a World Orienteering Day event.
The International Orienteering Federation´s goals regarding the organisation of this annual event are as follows:
Visionary course of action
Each club of all national Orienteering Federations gets in touch with at least one school. As teachers might need help to implement orienteering so the lessons are a fun and exciting experience, the IOF is working on providing teaching materials in different languages.
Find out more here.
Day 1 of the World Games in Wroclaw, Poland and Ralph Street was top Brit taking seventh place in the sprint race. It was incredibly close for the placings around Ralph with 0.4 separating 5th to 8th. Ralph was delighted finishing in his highest position ever in a senior international sprint race.
Peter Hodkinson finished in a very creditable 12th place.
Peter said after the race: "I'm quite happy with my race. I pushed hard from the start, which set me up well for the race although it did hurt a lot at the end! I made one mistake, taking the wrong alley in the main square, which I think cost me a top 10 position, but I'm pleased with a good result nonetheless. I think I've made good progress this year and would certainly have taken 13th at WOC and 12th at World Games if I'd been offered them at the start of the year. I'm confident I can get a top 10 next year."
|7th||Ralph Street||Great Britain|
|12th||Peter Hodkinson||Great Britain|
In the Women’s race, it was a first World Games experience for Megan Carter Davies after her World Championships debut this year. Megan finished up in 17th place and said afterwards: "It was a decent run and I am quite happy with it. The course was straightforward but I was tiring towards the end and slowing down going in and out of controls"
Tessa Strain finished in 22nd place. Tessa said after the race that "unfortunately, a mistake in the first half of the race meant she didn’t get the result she was hoping for. The rest of the course outside of the mistake went well for her."
|17th||Megan Carter Davies||Great Britain|
|22nd||Tessa Strain||Great Britain|
The full results can be found here.
Well done to all athletes today. The series of three races continues with the Middle Distance tomorrow.