Inertia, Newton and re-igniting physical activity
03 May 2017
30 September 2015-
The term physical literacy has been around since the 1990’s, but how can we better understand what it means and how we teach it to our children? A UK sports council flyer from 1991 described the concept as such: 'Physical Education creates literacy in movement, which is as vital to every person as literacy in verbal expression itself'. With a global inactivity and obesity crisis looming, how can we teach our children to be more physically literate and whose responsibility is it?
If we think about the concept rationally, a physically literate child should have a better chance of developing into a physically literate adult. According to the forward from UK Active’s CEO David Stalker to ‘Start Young, Stay Active’ “We know that generally active children become active adults and that promoting active lifestyles from the earliest possible point can help us address some of the important challenges facing the UK today”.
There is hope on the horizon. With more people becoming aware of the importance of physical activity and pioneering programmes such as The Mile A Day Programme in Stirling, things are looking up and a much needed balance of activity between school and home is coming into being. We all want the best for our children. What better way to show it than to impress upon them a skill that should be considered as important as reading and writing? A skill that will not only improve their minds and bodies, but can help them to live longer, healthier lives? A skill that they will pass on to their children? Start young, Stay Active.