The headlines from the survey identified that 43% (3 million children) are involved in more than 60 minutes of sport or physical activity a day, every day of the week. Of course, that means that over half of all children in England aren’t hitting that minimum threshold.
The online survey of 130,000 five to 16-year-olds revealed more than 2.3 million children and young people (32.9%) are ‘less active’, that equates to fewer than 30 minutes of physical activity a day.
The popularity of team sports, particularly as children get older, was a clear indicator of its role in the overall health of the nation. By school Years 7 and 8, team sports are the most popular and remain so through to age 16.
Football, through clubs and an informal kickabout, was the stand-out sporting activity of choice but the survey also highlighted that though many children aren’t getting the amount of exercise they need, the choice available to them now is greater than in previous generations.
Opportunities to play sport differ enormously depending on many factors but from dodgeball to trampolining, children can now potentially try many more things outside of the more mainstream team sports.
In March, Sport England will publish the first results of their research on the attitudes of children to sport and activity, showing what they do and don’t like about being active.
In the meantime, for team sports, this survey shows there is much still to do to get more children playing sport whether that’s creating better links between clubs and schools, improving facilities or recruiting more volunteers to help run sessions.
What do you think?
What’s your view of Sport England’s findings and how is your club doing in attracting children and young adults into sport?
Game England's new Active Lives Children and Young People Survey has demonstrated the prominence of group activities in keeping youngsters fit, glad and sound - however there is likewise cause for genuine concern.
The features from the study recognized that 43% (3 million kids) are engaged with over a hour of game or physical action multi day, each day of the week. Obviously, that implies that over portion of all kids in England aren't hitting that base limit.
The online overview of 130,000 five to 16-year-olds uncovered more than 2.3 million youngsters and youngsters (32.9%) are 'less dynamic', that compares to less than 30 minutes of physical movement daily.
The prominence of group activities, especially as youngsters get more seasoned, was a reasonable marker of its job in the general strength of the country. By school Years 7 and 8, group activities are the most famous and remain so through to age 16.
Football, through clubs and a casual kickabout, was the emerge donning movement of decision yet the overview likewise featured that however numerous youngsters aren't getting the measure of activity they require, the decision accessible to them presently is more prominent than in past ages.
Chances to play sport contrast tremendously relying upon numerous variables yet from dodgeball to trampolining, kids can now possibly attempt a lot more things outside of the more standard group activities.
In March, Sport England will distribute the primary consequences of their exploration on the frames of mind of kids to game and movement, demonstrating what they do and don't care for about being dynamic.
Meanwhile, for group activities, this review appears there is much still to do to get more youngsters playing sport whether that is making better connections among clubs and schools, enhancing offices or enrolling more volunteers to help run sessions.