Physical Activity and the Wellbeing of Children and Young People

Synopsis: The purpose of this paper is to inform the Education Committee’s understanding of the value of physical activity (PA) and sport on children and young people’s physical health and emotional well-being. The paper will begin by exploring the role of regular PA in safeguarding children’s physical and mental health, now and in their future. The paper will also explore the progressive decline in physical activity among NI Youth. It will examine efforts to support schools in increasing the participation of children and young people in PE in Northern Ireland, including the role of the NI Curriculum Sports Programme. The paper will finish by exploring similar initiatives in other jurisdictions in the UK and the factors that support their effective delivery.

Date: 03 June 2021

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