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.
The Board have decided to widen the attendance of this year’s Club and Association Conference to enable wider participation and consultation. The Club and Members Forum will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, 16th November 2019 at The Studio, Riverside West, Whitehall Road, Leeds, LS1 4AW, a short walk from Leeds Railway Station.
Registration will open at 10:30 am.
The venue has a limited capacity of 80 and spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
To register your place at the Forum, please complete and return the registration form to email@example.com.
The Board would like to place the following items on the Agenda:
The venue is a short walk (700m, 8 minutes) from Leeds rail station. More information on the location and travel details can be found here.
For registered delegates, the costs of the conference including refreshments and a light buffet lunch will be paid for by British Orienteering.
All members are invited to attend, and we would encourage as many as possible to come along and have your say!
As in previous years, we also encourage clubs and associations to nominate two chosen representatives to represent their views. Clubs and Association Chairs or Secretaries must confirm the names of the two delegates attending on behalf of their club or association. This will register their attendance and these club and association delegates will be eligible to have a contribution to their expenses paid by British Orienteering (contributions will be as per below criterion).
All other members are very much encouraged to attend; however, any expenses will need to be covered by the individual, club or association depending on individual arrangements.
Where the total round trip to and from the conference venue exceeds 150 miles, British Orienteering will meet the costs of half of the mileage that exceeds 150 miles (at British Orienteering’s standard rates). Here are examples:
Train / Plane
British Orienteering will meet half of the cost of the cheapest standard class return plane/train ticket, including parking after deducting £30. As an example, a delegate whose rail ticket costs £30 and £20 parking could claim 0.5 x £20 (£50-£30) i.e. £10 from British Orienteering, with the rest to be met by the delegate or the delegate’s club or association. Other conditions;
For anyone requiring more information please contact the admin team at;
British Orienteering National Office, Scholes Mill, Old Coach Road, Tansley, Matlock, DE4 5FY. Telephone Number: 01629 583037, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.