Physical Activity - Overview

Physical Activity can contribute to the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of all children, young people and staff within the school and its community. The link between health, Physical Activity and wellbeing is well established.


Potential benefits of regular participation in moderate intensity activity include:

  • Improved overall health
  • Healthy growth and development
  • Improved muscular strength, endurance and flexibility
  • Maintenance of energy balance (in order to encourage a healthy weight)
  • Reduced risk of developing adult diseases and conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure
  • A sense of wellbeing
  • Enhanced self-esteem
  • Reduction in anxiety and stress
  • Opportunities for social interaction
  • Improved social and moral development
  • Improved cognitive functioning and academic achievement in school