Too many kids dropping out of gym class? Change the game! In England, schools are cutting more traditional team sports like rugby and hockey in favor of activities like yoga to get kids moving. And it’s working! A study published by the Department for Education shows that participation in PE is rising.
Via BBC News
Some 86 per cent of five- to 16-year-olds did two hours of PE in 2009/10, compared with 81 per cent a year earlier.
Other alternatives besides yoga include cheerleading, boxing and trampolining (!)
…nearly two in five schools (37%) now offered cheerleading, up from 32% last year.
The proportion teaching yoga has risen from 21% to 22%, the same as for trampolining.
Other sports that are growing in popularity are boxing, now in 10% of schools compared with 1% six years ago, judo – 13% up from 8% – and mountaineering in 14% of schools, up from 7% in the same period.
Wow. Mountaineering? Pretty cool, England.
Although Tim Loughton, the Children’s Minister, would like to see an increase in the all essential team-buildingness of competitive sports too, we think the addition of yoga and such a wide variety of sports allows kids to feel good about themselves and like they can really be part of something. Together Everyone Achieves More… with Yoga. TEAMY!