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Theconversation. Sport is seen as a key part of Australia’s identity.

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Yet woefully rundown facilities and outdated sport offerings are creating significant barriers to youth participation. In partnership with the Cooks River Sporting Alliance, Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club, and 12 public and private schools from Sydney’s inner west, we’ll be working with youth to co-design an innovative program to reverse the decline in youth participation in sport. Our program, Designing in Youth, will feature new sport offerings, advertising materials and redesigned facilities. Research shows that environmental design works best when it considers multiple factors.

Thus, the first phase of our project is a survey to identify psychological and social barriers alongside environmental drivers of youth sport participation. Barriers to participation Australia’s sporting landscape offers more barriers than motivations for youth, and the effects are obvious. This is partly due to poorly designed facilities. Move now for lifelong benefits » Media releases and updates » Sport New Zealand. Back Move now for lifelong benefits It doesn’t take an awful lot to get kids active and having fun, and the lifelong benefits are huge, says Sport NZ’s Young People Lead Jo Colin.

Move now for lifelong benefits » Media releases and updates » Sport New Zealand

Her message is very much in line with that of the government’s Big Change Starts Small campaign, which aims to encourage parents to start making small changes to ensure long-term and positive impacts on their children's health and wellbeing. Big Change Starts Small. Underserviced Youth: Sports Participation Barriers and Best Practices. Author: SIRC According to Statistics Canada, children who live in unsafe neighborhoods, children of new immigrants and children coming from low-income families are less likely to participate in sports.

Underserviced Youth: Sports Participation Barriers and Best Practices

Teenage body fears influenced by social media - report. Coaching boys into men via the sports field. Coaching Boys into Men is an initiative set up to engage sports coaches as mentors for young athletes, teaching them the importance of respect for themselves and others, particularly women.

Coaching boys into men via the sports field

It has run successfully in the United States and has now been launched in Australia, with several sporting codes gathering in Canberra on Monday for a training clinic. Facilitated by Mark Wadie, founding director of the I Respect Initiative and violence prevention advocate, the program centres around training and motivating coaches to teach their players about healthy relationship skills and that violence never equals strength. But it does so much more than that. ISF President Petrynka charged by Bach with bridging global gap for school athletes. Boys and girls from 32 countries gathered in the Croatian city of Porec earlier this month for the World Schools Basketball Championships, with the action streamed live on the Olympic Channel as well as the site of the sport's world governing body, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

ISF President Petrynka charged by Bach with bridging global gap for school athletes

The event attracted more than 200,000 viewers. It was the latest example of what the International School Sport Federation (ISF) does - on this occasion in conjunction with the Croatian School Sport Federation. We asked children why they don't get enough exercise – here's what they said. Getting children off the sofa, away from the TV and outside can be a challenging task for any parent, particularly in the age of increasingly sedentary and screen-focused lives.

We asked children why they don't get enough exercise – here's what they said

To stay healthy, it is currently recommended that children do at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. But this has been in decline in recent years. Untitled. To tackle childhood obesity we must all be concerned, but also take action. The latest NHS health survey, published last week, paints another very bleak picture of childhood obesity in England and it seems appropriate to reflect on some of the key hurdles to overcoming this seismic challenge.

To tackle childhood obesity we must all be concerned, but also take action

The survey makes for all too familiar reading. It found that childhood obesity remains worryingly high. Why Kids Play Sports - Changing the Game Project. Get off the couch, kids: This startup just raised $1M for a high-tech app-connected ball. Can a high-tech, sensor-infused ball help a generation of device-addicted kids be more active?

Get off the couch, kids: This startup just raised $1M for a high-tech app-connected ball

One startup is about to find out. Seattle-based Play Impossible is coming out of stealth mode and just announced a $1 million investment round that included participation from Two Sigma Ventures, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, and WestRiver Group, the firm led by TopGolf Entertainment Group Co-Chairman Erik Anderson. The company has developed a smart, connected inflatable ball that looks completely normal from the outside but has a bevy of electronics inside — accelerator, barometer, microcontroller, ultracapacitor, etc. — and sends real-time data via Bluetooth to an accompanying iOS or Android smartphone app, which lets people play different games and record highlight videos.

A charging stick gives the ball two hours of play in just 20 seconds. Here’s a quick video that shows some of the games you can play with the connected ball: Here’s a tidbit from Monnin’s recent blog post: Prevent youth sport dropout. Youth insight under the skin. Fighting childhood obesity: Signs of Progress. Youth insight pack. Teenage weight gain down to dramatic drop in calories they burn. An acceleration in obesity among young teenagers could be explained by a 12-year-long study which found that the number of calories they burn while at rest drops suddenly in puberty.

Teenage weight gain down to dramatic drop in calories they burn

Research led by the University of Exeter Medical School, published in the Nature journal The International Journal of Obesity, found unexpectedly that when they reach puberty, both girls and boys experience a rapid drop in the number of calories they burn – at a time when the number would be expected to rise with the growth spurt. The research by Professor Terence Wilkin, of the University of Exeter Medical School, found that 15-year-olds use 400 to 500 fewer calories while at rest per day compared to when they were 10-years-old – a fall of around a quarter. But by the age of 16, their calorie expenditure begins to climb once again. Sport for Good. The Power of Sport The power of sport to generate dramatic benefits for young people and disadvantaged communities is harnessed by organisations around the world.

Sport for Good

This includes local community groups and goes right up to government bodies. 2016 U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. Analysis shows boys participate in organised sport more than girls. Download the media release. AFL, basketball, bowls, cricket, football (soccer), golf, gymnastics, hockey, netball, sailing and tennis player membership databases from 2015 were analysed to gain insights into community participation in organised sport in Victoria.

Across the 11 sports overall, 20.4% of boys and men participated across the 11 sports compared with 10.5% of women and girls. Beyond Olympic gold: US kids getting lapped in aerobic fitness. While the U.S. brings home more Olympic gold than any other country, many, if not most, American school kids wouldn’t even bring home a tin, if there were such a low-ranking medal.

Recently, colleagues and I set out to see how the fitness of American kids stacked up relative to other countries. Our findings were surprising. Not only did the U.S. finish at the back of the pack, but U.S. kids ranked behind much smaller and some poorer countries, such as Iceland, Chile and Suriname. British children among the least active in the world, with exercise 'stripped out' of modern lives. 2016 ParticipACTION Report Card Highlights. 2016 ParticipACTION Report Card Ful Report. StateofPlay 2016 FINAL. Aspen Institute Project Play Report. Sport for Life Physical Literacy. Sport for Life-RBC Learn to Play Webinar Series Welcome to the Sport for Life-RBC Learn to Play webinar series. Each webinar in this series will be available to all RBC Learn to Play grant recipients. Click on the webinars below to register. Once the webinars have been completed, you can then click on the webinar link to access the recording.

The slide deck will be available below the link. Each webinar will take two hours. We encourage interaction during the webinars via the chat box, as well as discussion before and after the webinar on the Sport for Life Communities Facebook page: Capacity Building Supports – October 1, 2015; 11am-1pm EST View the slide deck here. Become a Community Champion. Why Are Girls Less Physically Active than Boys? Findings from the LOOK Longitudinal Study. Abstract Background. Youth personas.

Active Healthy Kids Australia - Report Cards. The vehicle that AHKA uses to help increase awareness and drive this need for change is the Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People. The Report Card synthesises the best available Australian evidence in order to assign grades to physical activity indicators, and provides a national snap shot of the current levels of physical activity in Australian children and young people. The purposes of the Report Card are: Aussie kids among ‘least active in the world’

The age-old notion of Australia being a nation of active healthy kids has gone out the window. AusPlay Summary of Key Findings December16 PDF. Canadian Assessment of Physical Literacy. Relative age and developmental age: Is your child getting shortchanged? - Active For Life. Why do kids differ so much in speed, strength, and skills? When adults watch small children getting started in physical activities and sports, they see that some are clearly bigger, faster, stronger, and even “more skilled” than others. Children's Participation in Organized Sport and Physical Activities and Active Free Play: Exploring the Impact of Time, Gender and Neighbourhood Household Income Using Longitudinal Data. Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 09:00. Changing the Game Project.

Can the Social Vulnerability Index Be Used for More Than Emergency Preparedness? An Examination Using Youth Physical Fitness Data. Background: The Social Vulnerability Index (SVI), a publicly available dataset, is used in emergency preparedness to identify communities in greatest need of resources.

The Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) includes multiple socioeconomic, demographic, and geographic indicators that also are associated with physical fitness and physical activity. This study examined the utility of using the SVI to explain variation in youth fitness, including aerobic capacity and body mass index. Youth fitness in Georgia was related to socioeconomic, demographic, and geographic themes. The SVI may be a useful needs assessment tool for health officials and researchers examining multilevel influences on health behaviors or identifying communities for prevention efforts. – sportwellington

The SVI includes multiple socioeconomic, demographic, and geographic indicators that also are associated with physical fitness and physical activity. This study examined the utility of using the SVI to explain variation in youth fitness, including aerobic capacity and body mass index. Methods: FITNESSGRAM data from 2,126 Georgia schools were matched at the census tract level with SVI themes of socioeconomic, household composition, minority status and language, and housing and transportation. NSW Strategic Plan for Children and Young People consultation results. Project Play. Who We Are. The program is led by executive director Tom Farrey, an award-winning journalist, innovator, and author of Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children. Why do 70 per cent of kids quit sport by age 13? By Julianna W. Miner According to a poll from the National Alliance for Youth Sports, around 70 percent of kids in the United States stop playing organized sports by the age of 13 because "it's just not fun anymore.

" KaiTime Physical Activity and Screen Time summary. How to engage more students with golf - Golf Australia. Future Sport Leaders. We are working with Sporting Equals to actively support more young people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities to take on decision making roles within sport. Young people shape sport in their areas. Strategies for helping coaches facilitate positive youth development through sport. Project Play: Playbook.

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Home - Fit For Sport - A Journey to an Active Live. Example of Active Lifestyle Programmes - ParticipACTION. Example of KidSport, successful with aboriginal children, in WA. Playworks (places coaches in low-income urban schools to engage students in physical activity during recess) 60 Minute Kids' Club. Getting young people into sport - Midweek - Wanganui Chronicle News. The Effects of Physical Activity and Fitness in Adolescence on Cognition in Adulthood and the Role of Insulin-Like Growth Factor I. PE to become Leaving Cert subject under new plan to tackle obesity in Ireland.

Sport Calgary All Sport One Day: Home. The 8 Plays: Introduction — Project Play: Playbook. The Daily Mile – Children fit for life. New grant makes youth hockey a reality for the "other 99%" Effects of a school-based physical activity intervention on adiposity in adolescents from economically disadvantaged communities: secondary outcomes of the`Physical Activity 4 Everyone' programme. Bay courts full and basketball numbers still rising. Move and Play at Recess for web. Mom and Me: Active Lifestyles Begin at Home! Kids need active sporty parents.

The Accountability Problem in Youth Sports - Changing the Game Project. No more joiners: Why kids are dropping out of sports - CBC Sports - Sporting news, opinion, scores, standings, schedules. Olympians focused on bringing fun back to sport. No more joiners: Why kids are dropping out of sports - CBC Sports - Sporting news, opinion, scores, standings, schedules.

Parent myths, and real truths, about physical literacy - Active For Life. Mastering motivation: Find what makes every child tick - National Alliance for Youth Sports. 7 Things Parents Can Do at the End of a Sports Season. An Open Letter from the Back Seat - Changing the Game Project. Discovering which activities your kids are passionate about is their job, not yours. Why physical activity is the secret to happiness. On the Front Foot. Ending Childhood Obesity - WHO report. Positive impact of sport and physical activity in schools is highlighted in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Can Running Make You Smarter? What is physical activity in early childhood, and is it really that important?