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 activitychallenge.co.uk