Why is sport good for children?
Physical education and sport can have a big educational impact. Changes can be seen in both motor skills development and performance and overall educational potential. Through participation in sport ad physical education, young people learn about the importance of values such as
- Fair Play
- Respect for themselves & others
It also helps children to develop skills to help them cope with competition, winning and losing. There is also a huge amount of evidence which show that sport and exercise have a positive effect on physical health, growth and development.
Sport is an appealing activity for young people, and is often used as a way to encourage children and young people into health and education programmes.
Some programmes aim to promote and develop other aspects of education such as school attendance and leadership.
In Ireland today 1 in every 4 children is overweight or obese, and physical education and exercise is one way to combat this ever growing problem.
According to Safefood EU 4 out of 5 children in the Republic of Ireland and 3 out of 4 children in Northern Ireland do not meet Government Physical Activity Guidelines of at least 60 minutes per day for school aged children. The benefits of regular physical activity includes
- Agility, balance and co-ordination
- Improved self esteem & mood
- Better energy levels
- Better sleep quality
Some Key Pointers for Parents
- Replace screen time with active games
- Build activity into everyday routines
- Get involved and get active
- Build it up over the day
Gormanston Park is the ideal venue for Sports Training with GAA, Rugby, Soccer and Indoor Facilities. We have a huge range of playing pitches, Irelands largest indoor sports complex, large & small group accommodation and catering facilities.
Contact us today to find out what we can offer to your team!