Report finds low levels of fitness in children in UK

Report finds low levels of fitness in children in UK

Collecting data from 10,000 children from 80 different schools across UK, Fit For Sport, the UK’s most experienced School Services provider, has published a report which shows that the majority of primary-aged children did not meet the expected level of fitness for their age.  Almost one third of the pupils performed significantly lower than recommended, especially on the running activity challenge. The fitness tests comprised three tasks based around throwing and catching, jumping and running requiring a combination of skills such as muscular strength and power. Teachers, experts and children professionals designed the exercises specifically for primary-aged children, establishing benchmark results for each test.

For its part, EuropeActive will contribute to the efforts to tackle this issue through the recently approved Action Learning for Children in Schools (ALCIS) project. This action promotes healthy lifestyles and physical activity to schoolchildren aged between 8 and 12 years old, as part of the 2015 European Week of Sport (7-13 September 2015).

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