COVID-19: In the event of a pandemic, 94,000 fewer children reach the recommended 60 minutes of activity per day | UK News
The activity levels of children and young people continue to be negatively affected by the COVID pandemic at a time when physical activity is more important than ever, according to Sport England.
New data suggests that 94,000 fewer children and young people in England were active in the last school year compared to the pre-pandemic period.
The government recommends that children and youth get 60 minutes of sport and physical activity every day.
Data shows that black children were the least active, with just 36% of them getting the recommended amount of physical activity.
The most affected age group was the seven to nine year olds, with just 38% of them getting enough activity.
People from disadvantaged backgrounds were also more affected compared to those from better-off backgrounds, in part because they did not have access to outdoor spaces.
Like many children across the country, students at Gainsborough Primary School in east London have missed out on opportunities to play sports throughout the pandemic.
Yaasmin, a sixth grader, told Sky News even though “teachers have gone to great lengths” to deliver physical education classes virtually “on Zoom, it wasn’t that fun.”
“The teachers couldn’t correct us to make us do better,” she added.
Micah is happy to be back on the pitch.
“Sport is very important actually because it’s good exercise and it helps you express your body in different ways,” he said.
“Without it, I would be tired, lazy and I couldn’t do anything. [I’d get] become sad and bored. “
Badu Sports coaches come to work with these children in their physical education classes.
Their trainer, Kevin Badu, head of sports at Badu, told Sky News: “Sport grows up a child and it enables him to become the person he needs to be and wants to be, brings out his personality and teaches him skills. fantastic life skills.
“It teaches them, from a very young person, how to be in solidarity, how to work with others, how to be a whole person.”
He said that after the children returned to school after COVID locks, many “wouldn’t bring their PE kits, they would walk away” and many lost confidence.
He added that although they “returned to normalcy”, it “took a while” for the children to return to the sport.
Lisa O’Keefe, Executive Director of Knowledge at Sport England, told Sky News it was important that “we continue to protect the places and spaces that children and young people can access”.
She added, “So whether it’s a school activity, whether it’s organized sport, all these clubs and volunteers across the country who are working so hard and responding to all the changes that are happening around us to keep the activity.”