In view of the increasing lack of sport activities in Europe among young men and the rise of obesity many actors in science and policy are concerned about the situation of sport in schools.
Since 2002 there has been an overall time reduction allotted for school sports in the school curriculum of European countries. This is particularly worrying, since estimates say that up to 80 % of children of school age execute their physical activity during their school day – but at least 60 minutes of daily moderate-to-vigorous physical activity are recommended by experts.
The anticipated sports-concept Kids in Motion aims at bridging the gap between the current situation and the needed one.
Pupils aged 9 to 11 years have the opportunity to actively learn about ten different kinds of sport ranging from the areas of team sports and individual disciplines as well as non-return games under subject-specific instructions and tests.
On one hand, special motor abilities of school children can be detected in the framework of the programme design and on the other the students find their respective sports in regard to passion which they can take on with fun, joy and motivation, and want. The increasing disorientation in the sport of choice of young people is therefore met early on and can be the prerequisite for lifelong sport activities. The programme proffers the maintenance of health by opening schools into the social space, for example a key competence could be created in that students are animated to join the nearby sports club.
By its unique concept in offering different kinds of sports, Kids in Motion meets an objectified assessment on an innovative and science-based expertise for the sport best suited for the individual child.
The following European project partners participate: