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87 per cent of teaching staff said rowing helped engage previously inactive pupils
CASE STUDY – CONCEPT2
C
oncept2 introduced its Nevertheless, more than 90
indoor rowers to 15 primary per cent of teaching staff said the
and 12 secondary schools programme had helped to promote
between April 2007 and March 2008 physical activity in schools and
– a move monitored by the Institute improve pupil fi tness, while 87 per
of Youth Sport (IYS) at cent felt rowing had helped engage
Loughborough University, which pupils who were not previously active
interviewed teachers and pupils to and increased confi dence among those
assess progress. disaffected with traditional school PE.
Equipment-based exercise From the participants’ perspective,
programmes make it easier to more than 80 per cent of primary
monitor the progress of children’s school children said they liked rowing
fi tness. However, Mike Antoniades because it made them feel fi t and
of The Running School says: “Some healthy, while more than 90 per cent
of the traditional tests [of fi tness] are of secondary school kids found rowing
pretty useless, because not everyone enjoyable. One male pupil commented:
can do them. So you need to fi nd “In Year 7 I had asthma but, towards
functional movements: can they run, the end of this year, I’ve grown out of
can they jump, can they turn?” it. I think that’s because of the rowing.”
Introducing adult equipment However, while such programmes
without adaptation can be equally are welcome and worthwhile in
successful, as demonstrated by changing attitudes to physical activity
Concept2 indoor rowing (see case and health, it’s not until the enjoyment
study, above). Taken into schools, these and benefi ts of what they deliver is
schemes directly target pupils, and – embraced by participants and used
during an era in which few now walk to every day that real and lasting changes
school or have active play times outside can indeed be made “for life” – and
it – integrate daily exercise with the without effective tracking, we will never
re-introduction of physical education to know if we’ve arrived at this point.
schools in a modifi ed format. Children’s programming has already
Other opportunities include those proven that our industry can be
marketed towards parents as extra- fun – but we now need to get serious
curricular activities, typifi ed by fi tness on outcomes and develop coherent
franchises such as The Running protocols for assessing children’s fi tness.
School (www.therunningschool.co.uk),
which include children’s training in ashley newman & ruth bushi
traditionally adult fi tness pursuits. healthclub@leisuremedia.com
february 2010 © cybertrek 2010
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