Why it's Important ?

Activity and sports based programmes have demonstrated how they can improve the child's learning and academic ability and their desire to succeed.

Sport and physical education is fundamental to the early development of children and youth and the skills learned during play, physical education and sport contribute to the holistic development of young people. Through participation in sport and physical education, young people learn about the importance of key values such as:

  • Honesty,
  • Teamwork,
  • Fair play,
  • Respect for themselves and others, and
  • Adherence to rules.

It also provides a forum for young people to learn how to deal with competition and how to cope with both winning and losing. These learning aspects highlight the impact of physical education and sport on a child’s social and moral development in addition to physical skills and abilities.

Source: http://www.sportanddev.org/en/

World Health Organisation Physictal Activity Recommendations for 5yrs-17yrs

These recommendations are relevant to all healthy children aged 5–17 years unless specific medical conditions indicate to the contrary.

The concept of accumulation refers to meeting the goal of 60 minutes per day by performing activities in multiple shorter bouts spread throughout the day (e.g. 2 bouts of 30 minutes), then adding together the time spent during each of these bouts.

Whenever possible, children and youth with disabilities should meet these recommendations. However they should work with their health care provider to understand the types and amounts of physical activity appropriate for them considering their disability.

These recommendations are applicable for all children and youth irrespective of gender, race, ethnicity, or income level.

Healthy body healthy Mind

The World Health Organisation states that, physical activity has been associated with psychological benefits in young people by improving their control over symptoms of anxiety and depression. Similarly, participation in physical activity can assist in the social development of young people by providing opportunities for self-expression, building self-confidence, social interaction and integration. It has also been suggested that physically active young people more readily demonstrate higher academic performance at school.

Source: http://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/factsheet_young_people/en/