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When we play sport – our whole community wins
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Children who are physically active are more likely to do better at school

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Kidsport

Not everyone can afford to join a club. This is when KidSport steps in.

Since 2011, KidSport has helped over 50,000 young Western Australians join a club. For most of these kids it was the first time to experience the joy of being part of a team and the club family.

That is nearly $14 million worth of vouchers.

How does it work?

KidSport enables Western Australian children to participate in community sport and recreation, no matter their financial circumstances.

Eligible kids 

Eligible kids aged 5–18 years can apply for financial assistance to contribute towards club fees. The fees go directly to the registered KidSport clubs through their participating local government.

Building Clubs

The great thing about having so many KidSport registrations is that so many sports clubs now have more players, coaches and families involved.

First Timers

Nearly half of the 50,000 KidSport kids have never been members of a club before  Now they are learning to be part of a team, going to training, getting fit and joining in on game day.

 

Active kids are smarter

Research proves that if your kid is physically active they do better at school.

Physical activity enhances cognitive function improving memory, behaviour, concentration and academic achievement.

On the other hand inactivity negatively impacts brain health and executive control including: 

  • maintaining focus
  • working memory
  • multi-tasking.
An infographic showing how active kids are smarter with information written on the page.

Did you know?

  • Most research shows replacing academic lessons with physical activity does not have a detrimental impact on school grades – in fact some research shows increased participation in physical activity leads to better grades.
  • Most university-based, internationally-published research in this field has found a positive link between children’s physical activity participation and academic achievement.
  • Short amounts of exercise benefits executive functions.
  • More intense physical activity out of school resulted in higher test scores and improved reading comprehension.
  • Physical activity intervention led to significant improvements in children’s maths scores.
  • Students who exercised more, participated in sport and achieved higher grade point averages.

Why is this?

  • Exercise can increase levels  of a brain growth factor.
  • Exercise can stimulate nerve growth.
  • Regular physical activity may reduce plasma noradrenaline (a vasoconstrictor which reduces blood flow to the brain).
  • Exercise increases blood flow to the cortex of the brain.
  • Physical activity improves children’s concentration, attention and reasoning ability.
  • Physical activity leads to improvement in cognitive control.

In other words – if you exercise, your brain is fitter and works better. It’s pretty simple!

Who says this?

  • Journal of Paediatrics
  • Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
  • Journal of School Health
  • Journal of Paediatric Psychology
  • Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
  • American Journal of Preventive Medicine
  • American Journal of Public Health
  • Canadian Association for Health
  • Physical Education and Recreation Research Supplement
  • Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports
  • British Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Journal of Sports Behaviour
  • European Journal of Preventative Medicine
  • European Journal of Public Health
  • Journal of Adolescent Health
  • Journal of Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrics
  • American Journal of Health Behaviour
  • International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Journal of Neurology.