Did you know that there are now more than 300,000 overweight and obese children on the island of Ireland and they are probably rising at a rate of over 10,000 per year? That’s what the Department of Health’s National Taskforce on Obesity has revealed. This is pretty shocking and one sure fire way to tackle this epidemic head-on is to get the kids of Ireland moving!
On a SportsWorld FAI Summer Soccer School, kids will learn skills, play and generally be running around for 4 hours per day, or 20 hours per week (they get water breaks in between, and this 20 hours doesn’t factor in lunch time!). This is well above the Department of Health’s minimum recommended activity guidelines for children which state that children and young people should be active, at a moderate to vigorous level, for at least 60 minutes everyday. We’ve got that covered!
We’re not forgetting about our goalkeepers! They account for 8 hours activity over the course of one camp – again, above the minimum recommendations from the Department of Health.
A study by DCU revealed that only 19% of primary school children meet the Department of Health’s goal of ≥60 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity per day. The study also states that, ‘physical activity reduces depression and anxiety (especially in shy children), enhances mood, self-esteem and quality of life.’ These are just some of the reasons why it’s so important that exercise becomes a regular feature in the lives of Irish children.