The British Sub-Aqua Club has pledged to get more children into snorkeling and scuba as part of a new multi-agency drive to get young people active.
The U.K. Sport and Recreation Alliance’s #RightToBeActive campaign has highlighted concerns about the falling levels of physical activity among children and young people.
In their recently released report, “Why Are We Failing Our Children?”, the Alliance, which represents sporting bodies across the U.K., believes that more work should be done on creating a healthier attitude toward regular exercise and activity among young people.
With over 77 percent of children still not getting the national recommended level of activity and with childhood obesity on the rise, the Alliance has now called on its members to create more active opportunities for young people.
Alliance Chief Executive Emma Boggis explained:
“The vast majority of our children (93 percent) say they want to be active and we know that many of our members have fantastic programs to engage them. The will is there, we just need to create the right environment and structures to help them get active.”
As one of the U.K.’s national governing bodies to directly support the initiative, BSAC believes its club system is an ideal way to introduce young people to regular exercise and activity with a purpose.
BSAC CEO Mary Tetley said she now wanted to encourage even more clubs to open their doors to young people and incorporate snorkeling and other more children-friendly activities into their training and general club plans:
“Snorkeling or scuba with a BSAC club offers physical activities with a purpose and with the support of other members, children and young people can really progress. Snorkeling or diving with a BSAC club also offers so much more — it can boost confidence, build water safety and create an awareness of and a love for the marine environment.
“Young people are an invaluable part of the BSAC club system and they are also our future, so we should all work together to encourage and support the next generation.”
To find out more about BSAC’s activities for children and young people, go to www.bsac.com/nextgeneration. Additionally, you can read more about the #RightToBeActive campaign at www.sportandrecreation.org.uk.
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