The Children’s Activity Professionals Register (Capre) today welcomed the main conclusions of the All-Party Commission on Physical Activity report: ‘Tackling Physical Inactivity’, and the need to engage effectively with children and young people to ensure that physical activity becomes a lifelong habit. As the report highlights, for the first time in history, the current generation of young people is expected to die five years younger than their parents, so it has never been more important to engage today’s young people in physical activity.
Capre ensures that those working in delivering physical activity for children in games, sports, and physical activity are qualified to deliver high quality instruction and create positive sport experiences for children. These requirements dovetail with the recommendation of the report, namely that there is an important role for professionals delivering physical activity in creating a foundation for a life of regular exercise by giving them the foundations and skills for an active life.
Members of Capre also have an important role to play in terms of community engagement and campaigning to motivate key audiences, including children, young people and their parents. If properly qualified, professionals engaged in delivering physical activity for children can inspire children to engage in sport and activity and equip them to stay active into adulthood.
Greg Small, the Head of Membership for Capre said: “With just 51% of children reaching the daily exercise target for young people there has never been a greater need to arm children with the basic skills to take part in sport. Capre’s qualifications and continuing professional development requirements ensures that its members are equipped to arm children and young people with the physical literacy required to ensure an active lifestyle is continued into adulthood.”
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