Sinn Féin MLA Sinead Ennis has called on the Department for Education to reconsider their decision to close the sports development programme and reinstate the sports development grant.
The party’s Culture Arts and Sport spokesperson was speaking after a recent study found that children as old as 12 are unable to run, jump, throw, catch or even hit any type of sports ball properly due to inactivity.
The South Down MLA said:
“The exercise levels of among 2,000 primary school children aged from four to 12 were studied for the first time as part of the ‘Moving Well – Being Well’ study.
“The findings of the study show that children as old as 12 are unable to run, jump, thro, catch or even hit any type of sports ball properly due to inactivity.
“The sports development programme in the North gives children the chance to learn new sports and skills.
“It teaches children the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle and also helps to increase their confidence and social and interaction skills.
“The result of removing the sports development programme from schools is that some children simply will not partake in any form of physical activity throughout the week.