What is the contribution of physical education, physical activity and sport to emotional wellbeing and mental health?
Physical activity and involvement in sport and outdoor education can play a big part in supporting Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health. Enabling young people to integrate physical activity into daily routines can be the best way to increase the amount and the longevity of being active. Making it as easy as possible by reducing the barriers to being and keeping physically active will help young people maintain such a behaviour change.
You can integrate physical activity into group or individual sessions through: warm up and wake up activities; active learning; taster sessions of different exercises or sports; after-school clubs; walk and talk meetings and promotion of and visits to local clubs and leisure services.
Access further physical education resources here:
- Active Derbyshire - Not specifically designed for young people but lists many activities, clubs and events promoting physical activity in Derbyshire.
- Derby Leisure - Information about leisure and countryside services across the county.
- British Orienteering and Xplorer - two websites to help young people get involved in orienteering.
- Visit Sport England's website for up-to-date information and research.