20
FEB
2015

Why a sports after school?

So everyone thinks it’s a great idea to open a sports specific After School and here’s why it’s being done!

Firstly, I am a big proponent of physical activity for kids because I know the positive impact it has, not only on their physical development, but also on child brain development and perceptual-motor, social, and emotional development.

Secondly, Kids just aren’t moving enough and when they do they aren’t moving properly. It goes without saying that sports are good for kids. Participation in sports improves self-esteem, teaches sportsmanship, encourages safe risk-taking, and builds healthy bodies and brains.

The Center for Disease Control recommends that children and adolescents get at least 60 minutes of moderate exercise every day, but few come close, which helps explain the continued rise in childhood obesity in Ireland.

Now exercise won’t solve obesity levels alone and we know you can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet. So our focus won’t be just on getting kids moving, we will educate them on food; what’s good and what’s not so good and how much is ok and not ok. What to eat before and after exercise and when not to eat.

Hydration (water) is also a very important part of a child’s diet. The body depends on water for survival. Water makes up more than half of the bodies weight and every cell, tissue and organ in the body needs water to function correctly. For example, the body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste and lubricate joints. Water is essential for good health.

According to an April 2014 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics;

“today’s ten-year-olds are the first generation in a hundred years expected to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents”.

This is a scary statistic but it doesn’t have to be this way and small changes can lead to a long healthy life. The children that attend our development centre will benefit from this knowledge.

Physical Education used to be a major player in the development of physical literacy (movement) but in recent decades it has plummeted to near obscurity in terms of its role in improving physical wellbeing. Movement is the least likely choice of children today and with a games-based curriculum being the only outlet the future looks bleak.

Also with PE grades and evaluations not counting as heavily as other course offerings…PE is therefore, not taken as seriously by Schools, students, parents and even our Government. The answer lies in developing an all-round movement vocabulary for all our young people from which they can choose to use the permanent skill-set to either remain posturally efficient or to embark on a journey within sport for life. The Coach House aims to provide children with this opportunity.

If you want to find out more about our after school, get in touch!

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