The key to good mental health? Physical activity

Originally published June 6, 2019 by

By Tara Porter

When talking about the importance of ensuring mental health provision in schools, how often do we look to the PE department for answers? It may come as a surprise, but I believe that PE teachers can hold responsibility not just for physical health, but for mental health too.

There is a growing body of research emerging about the positive impact physical activity has on mental wellbeing. Indeed, we might surmise that finding a sport, exercise or some physical activity that young people will love and take part in for life, might be the singular most important thing a school can do to ensure a young person leads a mentally-well life. Read More

FIFA’s schools programme aims to reach 700m children

Originally published June 1, 2019 in the EU Observer.

The new FIFA 2.0 vision aims to promote the game of football and bring it to all.

It is FIFA’s aim to make football more accessible for boys and girls around the world and to promote important life skills through the sport.

But it cannot do this alone: global solutions require global partnerships. Joining forces with leading international organisations is the key to achieving this objective. Read More

Physical education to get a boost from modernised school curriculum

Originally published May 14, 2019 in The Telegraph.

By Jeremy Wilson

Physical education and activity is expected to get an enhanced focus in schools from September following the publication today of a new framework by school inspectors Ofsted.

A greater emphasis on a broad and balanced curriculum, as well as the quality of personal development rather than just exam outcomes, has been interpreted as an acknowledgment of the importance and benefits of sport and activity. Read More

PE Today Preparing Students for Lifetime of Benefits

Originally published March 14, 2019 in the Imperial Republican.

By Becky Kuntzelman

Physical education (P.E.) classes from the past have evolved from the stereotype of a glorified recess or a set of drills to determine who can run the fastest and jump the highest, according to a spokesman for the health and physical education program at the University of Nebraska Kearney (UNK).

“Today’s physical education classes focus on overall wellness, fitness concepts and healthy habits that can lead to a lifetime of benefits,” said Megan Adkins-Bollwitt, an associate professor at UNK’s Kinesiology and Sport Sciences Department. Read More

Middle School yoga class stretches beyond physical education requirements

Originally published Feb. 4, 2019 in

By Daniel Clifton

The girls streamed into Marble Falls Middle School teacher Trenton DeSpain’s classroom, bringing with them all of the worries seventh-graders carry, some more serious than others.

“Some of the things they worry about are why this person or that person didn’t talk to them, but some of the things they deal with are a lot bigger,” DeSpain explained. Read More