New research about the benefits of physical activity for young people

20 Apr 2016

U.Dance Grimsby. Photo: Brian Slater

U.Dance Grimsby. Photo: Brian Slater

Research out today, suggests that children from poorer families who attend after-school clubs achieved higher scores at Key Stage 2, compared with children who did not attend.

The research was conducted by Nat Cen Social Research, Newcastle University and ASK Research and involved over 6000 children in England.

“Results showed that sports clubs were positively associated with attainment outcomes at age 11, even when accounting for prior attainment at age seven. For children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, who have lower take-up of formal out-of-school activities, school-based clubs appear to offer an affordable and inclusive means of supporting academic attainment.” – Lead Investigator, Emily Tanner from Nat Cen.

One Dance UK is particularly interested in these findings as the ‘sports clubs’ covered in the research included dance classes.

“This research comes at an auspicious time, when primary schools can use their PE & Sport Premium to develop after-school ‘sports’ clubs, including dance clubs. PE co-ordinators in primary schools, particularly those with high numbers of disadvantaged children, can now make a stronger case for developing after-school activities and we offer guidance on how they can include dance within that using the Premium.” – Claire Somerville, Interim Head of Children & Young People’s Dance

Further comment on this research can be found on The Guardian