The British Esports Association has backed a campaign to get more children active in the UK.
The Sport & Recreation Alliance has launched a petition calling on politicians of all parties to transform physical activity provision for children and young people.
The Alliance is the voice of the sports sector to Government, policy makers and the media, and its members include various sporting bodies as well as British Esports. Its campaign is called #RightToBeActive and is part of a wider report (and summary) by the Alliance, which highlighted:
- 80% of girls and 77% of boys are not active enough to stay healthy
- 20% of children are obese by the end of primary school
- 93% of children say they like being active but we are failing to use physical activity to improve their health
Sport and Recreation Alliance CEO Emma Boggis said: “We want to live in a country where every child has the opportunity to be physically active and is active enough to be healthy and happy.
“This petition pushes our political leaders to commit to meaningful change and allows the public to show how strongly they feel about an issue that has now become a crisis.”
What the petition calls for
The Sport & Recreation Alliance is calling on Government to:
- Establish a new law requiring councils to provide all children with the opportunity to be active and to coordinate and promote physical activity across everything they do
- Create a long-term funded and child-focused strategy to transform the physical and mental wellbeing of our children
- Introduce new legislation to make it a requirement for government ministers and public bodies to put the United Nations Rights of the Child, the right to play and lead a healthy life, at the heart of decision making
Why British Esports is getting behind this
As esports involves sitting down and playing video games competitively, it’s not a physical activity as such. However, there aremany benefits of esports and playing in moderation as part of a healthy active life, whether it’s promoting teamwork skills, improving wellbeing or even increasing attendance levels at school.
There are more and more pro (and amateur) teams and other members of the esports community with good fitness, diet and sleep regimes.
We want to help promote this kind of active lifestyle to amateur players, the wider gaming community and those taking part in our British Esports Championships for schools and colleges.
How we’re getting involved
The British Esports Association has recently announced a special activity week with West Ham Foundation, GAME, Archery GB and others to bring the world of esports and physical sports together.
There will be ten sessions taking place throughout October half-term (22nd to 26th), each including football, archery and Rocket League, in a bid to get esports fans more active, and for sports fans to get to know esports.
We are also planning to run some profiles and interviews with people in esports, looking at the physical activities or sports they play and highlighting the benefits of this. If you’re interested in being featured on our website, please email us here.
The British Esports Association is proud to be making this pledge to back the #RightToBeActive campaign:
Inactivity is killing our children and we demand that every child is given the fundamental #RightToBeActive.
80% of girls and 77% of boys are not active enough to stay healthy and one in five children are classified as obese before they reach secondary school.
Sport and recreation can help solve many of the biggest threats facing our children. Making it part of their daily lives will make them healthier and happier.
That is why we are proud to be supporting the #RightToBeActive campaign and we encourage you to join us.
Together we can create a better, healthier and happier future for our children.