Sport, Education and Child and Youth Development

Physical activity is vital to the holistic development of young people, fostering their physical, social and emotional health. The benefits of sport reach beyond the impact on physical well-being and the value of the educational benefits of sport should not be under-estimated.


Get a brief introduction to some of the main themes in sport,  education and child & youth development and the relationship between sport, school, academic performance and deviant behaviour...
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Healthy Development of Children and Young People through Sport

Learn more about the educational impact of physical education and sport among children and young people, not just in terms of physical development of motor skills and performance but also its impact on educational potential...
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Physical Education in Schools

Physical education in the school setting is an important and vital avenue for young people to learn and develop life skills. Read more in this section about the need to provide opportunities for physical education in school and in the community...
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Social and Emotional Development

In addition to physical benefits, physical education and sport also have strong influences on inclusion and community building, character-building and delinquency and community safety. Find out more on the impact of sport on social and emotional development...
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Policy Developments

A number of international policies and declarations exist in relation to physical education and sport. Read more for brief presentation of selected policies and international instruments...
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Practical Considerations on Sport in Education

" acts as a magnet or a repellent to school..." Read more in this section about the practical implications of getting children and youth involved in sport at school and the relationship sport has with attitudes to school and leadership...

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Project Case Studies

Physical activity is a major part of learning and child & youth development. Find out more from this practical example on the role sport can play in helping young people learn and develop... Read more

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