Physically active children have greater physical and mental wellbeing and engage more in the classroom, stay in school longer and have less educational disparity with improved learning outcomes.
Physical activity experiences regulate children’s mood and behaviour, so can play a key role in helping children cope with stressful situations.
Physical activity experiences can be an effective strategy to build connection with students, particularly the ones we find more challenging.
Participation in quality PA and sport improves self-confidence, self-esteem and physical self-perceptions in young people, resulting in fewer depressive symptoms and improved overall cognitive and mental health.
Sport and physical activity have the potential to strengthen social networks and build a sense of belonging across schools and communities, impacting on staff wellbeing as well as student wellbeing
Physical activity is linked to improved cognitive function, control, planning, concentration, attention, reasoning and on-task behaviour.
Physical activity plays a significant role in kids experiencing joy and fun and makes school a place where young people ‘want to be’