School sport comprises a significant part of the life of our school. Some recently published research highlights the range of benefits on offer for students actively engaged in school sports programs.
School spirit, celebrations and teamwork have always been cited as helping to develop important social skills and behaviours in students. However, the deeper benefits are now being researched and the information being identified in relation to the impacts on learning are extremely interesting.
In a joint effort between authors at The University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Centre for Sport and Research and the Department of Sport and Recreation WA, the report ‘Brain Boost- how sport and physical activity enhance children learning” has recently been published. This report cites a significant amount of internationally published research, which has found a positive association between children’s physical activity, participation and academic achievement.
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