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Physical activity is essential for children says Stamford and Bourne MP

Physical activity is essential throughout our lives for our physical and mental health, writes Stamford and Bourne MP Gareth Davies (Con).

However, it is especially crucial for children to get into the habit of exercising so they can keep it going as they grow older. Exercise and good health lay a strong grounding for a good life - scientific research has even shown that daily exercise boosts a pupil’s GCSEs by a grade. Despite these benefits, international research has found British children among the least active people in the world.

Fortunately, our area is leading the way to get our kids active. Based in this constituency is the fantastic charity Inspire+ which aims to keep children ‘healthy, happy and active’. Although the organisation does many things, its focus has been providing support and training for schools to run effective PE lessons. In visiting schools, such as The Bluecoat School and St George’s Primary School recently, I have seen many PE lessons enhanced by specialist PE teachers trained and provided by Inspire+ to engage all pupils, no matter their level of confidence or ability, inspiring them with the fun of physical activity.

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