Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs
A Comprehensive School Physical Activity Plan (CSPAP) is a multi-component approach for schools to provide opportunities for students to be physically active for 60 minutes each day.Read More
Outside of physical education, do your students have opportunities to practice physical activity skills? Intramural programs and activity clubs allow students to experience a variety of physical activity and games that will contribute to an active and healthy lifestyle without the competitiveness that comes with traditional team sports.
Developing a before/after school intramural program or activity club for students is a great way to provide resources and exposure to new sports, activities and games. It also creates a sense of belonging to the school environment, and connection with teachers and peers outside the classroom. Activities may include friendly competitions in various sports like kickball, open gym, jump rope, frisbee, capture the flag, yoga, and dance lessons, and can be based on student choice, development of specific skills or to prepare for fitness testing. When offering intramurals and activity clubs, remember:
Activities such as these help students explore…
Self-Awareness: Getting involved in extra-curriculars allows children to gain self-confidence and self-efficacy through activities that are special to them. Through this, they can explore their strengths in more depth and identify areas of growth that align with their interests.
Relationship Building: Incorporating opportunities for physical activity through team sports helps children build skills in communication, teamwork, and social engagement. Intramural programs and activity clubs teach lessons about communicating clearly and listening to others as well as working together to achieve a common goal!
Starting small is okay! If your school currently does not have any intramurals or activity clubs, consider one or two activities to start. Walking programs are often the easiest and low cost.
Consider transportation issues for students to come early or stay after school. If it’s going to be an issue, consider operating your club during recess or during regular school hours.
Engage parents and the community! Think outside the box and four walls of your school. Here are a few examples. A parent with an interest or talent may volunteer to give lessons one day after school each week. A community member skilled in the martial arts may offer beginning martial arts training to students and staff. Community bicycle club members could meet after school and talk to kids about bicycle safety and hold a bike rally one time each month. Local sports businesses may sponsor the club with donations of water bottles, t-shirts, and equipment.
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