By ADA ADAMCZAK
HEART DISEASE, obesity, and asthma are all reasons why kids should be participating in sport.
However, keeping the kids in the sport is not always as easy as it seems.
Two hours of Physical Education in school that was introduced by now Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, does not seem like a solution for all the health issues caused by not participating enough in the sport, by the youngsters.
Schools are also the main reason why kids do not participate in sports. They do not seem to see the classes interesting enough, to participate in the after classes as well:
“ School classes are normally the same. They have the same classes and exercises all the time. Not everyone is good only in football and volleyball. If we narrow P. E only into plying those two sports, kids won’t be able to see what they really are interested in”, said Katarzyna Kalaga, a swimming coach.
South Ayrshire Active School is a place where kids can go and find themselves and find what they really are interested in:
“There are variety clubs. If the kid gets bored or just decided that one sport is not for them, then they can easily just change it into another one”, said Kirsty Mackay, who drives the classes for the kids.
Kirsty believes that the main way of encouraging kids in participating in sports, comes from parents:
“ If kids see that you (as a parent) are participating in sports, it is more likely for them to do the same.”
Bryan Allen, who runs classes in Citadel Lifesaving club. He believes that parents are the main reason why kids do not participate that much as they did before:
“I work with kids all the time. I am a coach in a swimming team, and you know what I see? I see a group 20 kids trying to impress their parents. Parents who do not even stay to see their kids swimming!
“Parents see the sports clubs as a babysitting places. They leave the kids at the club and go do their stuff. If they cannot find the time to participate in their kids’ sports than what do we actually expect from youngsters?”
One of the reasons, why kids do not seem to participate in sports, is money. The costs to put a kid into a club may be too much for some parents. Sometimes it’s not about time but about money:
“We are founded by Sports of Scotland and Council itself to raise the participation in schools in primary school and secondary school.
“We are a non-profit, which means that we do not take money for our classes, which may help those parents who do not have enough money to send kids for clubs”, Kirsty added.
Encouraging kids to participate in sports is very important, because of the health issues. In 2014, 31% of Scotland’s children were at risk of becoming overweight (including obesity). 17% were at risk of becoming obese.
There is evidence showing that being obese as a child brings more possibility to become obese when becoming an adult.
From the researches of OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) in 2014 it is said that Scotland has the highest rate in Obesity In Europe right after Hungary.