This works because it provides children with a ‘tool kit’ for better concentration, higher levels of self-awareness and emotional intelligence. An increasing body of research indicates that physical group activities are highly effective in getting children who have dropped out of school back into learning. Physical activities create a sense of community and belonging, at the same time as giving children all the advantages of the physical and psychological structure of the programme.
“Physical activity has an impact on cognitive skills and attitudes and academic behavior, all of which are important components of improved academic performance. These include enhanced concentration and attention as well as improved classroom behavior.” The Center for Disease Control, United States