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Two-thirds of children fall below recommended fitness levels

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Activity experts Fit For Sport have collected data from 10,000 primary school-aged children on their fitness and physical literacy, and it showed two-thirds of children tested weren’t able to meet recommended levels for their age group.

A study of 10,000 primary-school aged children has found that two thirds are below recommended levels of fitness for their age group.

Conducted by children’s activity experts Fit For Sport, 67% of the children were unable to reach targets in jumping, running and throwing, and 24% fell significantly below levels. 

The children completed the Activity Challenge – a series of tests created to assess various factors of fitness including stamina, agility, coordination and cardiovascular endurance - to give an indication of fitness and physical literacy. 

The results found that 36% of 5–7 year olds were at an adequate level of fitness, falling to 32% and 33% for 8-9 and 10-11 year olds respectively.

Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that children spend 60 minutes a day being physically active, yet only 21% of boys and 16% of girls achieve this.

The lowest results were recorded in running challenges that test cardiovascular endurance.

Fit For Sport has created a free online portal where parents can complete the Activity Challenge with their own children and log on to submit scores and compare children’s results with the recommended levels at


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