Kids want American games in school as well as traditional PE, survey finds (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Kids want American games in school as well as traditional PE, survey finds
1:00pm Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
CHILDREN and teenagers are desperate to be more active, according to a new survey.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has revealed over a third (36 per cent) of children surveyed would like to take part in more PE lessons at school.
The survey of children in the North West aged eight to 16-years-old found they would like to do more physical activity but not the same sports currently on offer in PE lessons at their school.
The survey was commissioned by the BHF’s Schools Projects team to mark the re-launch of its 'Jump Rope For Heart' and 'Ultimate Dodgeball' initiatives within schools and youth clubs.
The survey looked at young peoples’ attitudes towards physical activity at home and school following concerns that computers and consoles are starting to dominate their time.
When asked what they thought of their PE lessons at school, over half (60 per cent) said they were “fun” and close to a quarter (24 per cent) said that they were “interesting”.
However, close to a quarter (24%) of those polled said that they found their PE lessons “boring” and over one in ten (15%) felt it was the “most pointless lesson” they did at school.
When asked about what sports they currently play at school, the top five activities emerged as
Tig, stuck in the mud or It (35%)
When asked which physical activities they would like to take part in at school, which aren’t currently on offer, respondents saying they would like to see:
American football (13%)
And volleyball (15%)
Tennis was ranked highly as a desirable addition, with close to a quarter (24%) of young people saying they would like to take part in this sport.
Thirty six per cent said they wanted to participate in swimming at school.
When quizzed on how they would ideally choose to spend their spare time outside of school, playing computer games or playing on a tablet or console topped the list of leisure activities, with 74% of respondents online opting for digital downtime.
A total of 64% of children surveyed said they preferred to watch TV in their spare time.
Parents were seen to be a positive influence on children’s engagement with physical activity, with 70% saying their parents encouraged them to get involved in sports, join teams and clubs and 41% encouraged their children to play sport with them.
Beck Bayram, Schools Projects Manager at the BHF, said: “It is heartening to see the huge appetite for more time spent exercising at school and more varied pursuits being added to the curriculum.
"But there’s still much more we need to do with young people to excite and engage them. Getting active is a crucial way of looking after your heart health so it’s vital we make it fun and enjoyable for children from an early age.”
If you would like more information or would like to register your school/youth group for Jump Rope For Heart or Ultimate Dodgeball visit bhf.org.uk/everyonewins or call 0300 330 3322.
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