Why the whole community is responsible for raising physical literate children

Quick summary: In this article from ACHPER, Dr Amanda Stanec argues that it is the responsibility of the whole community to support and develop the physical literacy of our children. She states that physical literacy development is dependent on a variety of factors, including access, parents, schools and community setting. Stanec argues that facilities should be…


Physical activity now considered a key component of ADHD treatment

Quick summary Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – one of the most common behavioural disorders – is now considered to be treated through physical activity. Many of you (particularly teachers) will already be familiar with the term, but ADHD is usually characterised by inattention, impulsiveness and overactivity. This may impact on an individual through difficulty…


How physical activity can revolutionise our education system (VIDEO)

Exercise is one of the most important elements in proper brain functioning for students, argues Dr. John J. Ratey, MD. In this 2012 Ted Talk held at Manhattan Beach, Ratey cites scientific studies that prove the widespread benefits of daily exercise in schools. Amongst other things, it can overwhelmingly increase academic results, decrease behavioural problems…


$3.3 million multipurpose sports pavilion to be constructed at Fairbairn Park

Fairbairn Park has been decided as the site of a multipurpose sports pavilion in Moonee Valley, Victoria. This will be particularly beneficial for local soccer and cricket teams. The Sports and Recreation Minister, Damian Drum has pledged of $650,000 to help fund the full amount of $3.3 million construction project. “Fairbairn Park is used by…


New ‘Get Playing Plus’ grant provides $20 million boost to Queensland sport & recreation infrastructure

The Queensland Government has recently introduced a new grant program called ‘Get Playing Plus’ which is designed to help communities and councils to build much needed sports and recreation infrastructure. Get Playing Plus will assist councils and community not-for-profit sport and recreation organisations to identify, develop and deliver infrastructure projects that encourage more Queenslanders to participate…


Tennis Australia confirms record profits for 2013/14

In good news for those involved in tennis court construction – investment in major tennis projects across Australia looks set to continue as Tennis Australia recently confirmed record profits for the 2013/14 financial year. According to a report fom the Australian Financial Review, Chief Executive of Tennis Australia, Craig Tiley has confirmed that the organisation…


$29 million upgrade for Parramatta’s Pirtek Stadium

Quick summary: The redevelopment of sports facilities in Sydney continues with Parramatta’s Pirtek Stadium now receiving a $29 million upgrade. The project will include upgrading players’ changerooms to international standards, adding an additional 2000 seats, upgrading existing throughout the Stadium, replacing synthetic turf and installing Wi-Fi connectivity, LED screens and signage. $3 million in funding…


‘Tough it out’ culture puts young sports players at risk of serious injury

According to a UK survey, 54% of children aged 11-16 admire sports idols for “toughing it out” and playing on while injured. They are often replicating this behaviour while playing sport, putting themselves at risk of a long term injury. 45% of the 1000 children surveyed were worried about being called “wimps” by their team mates…


What’s the hottest trend in kids sport for 2014?

Tennis Hot Shots! Thanks to a joint promotion by ANZ and Tennis Australia to increase young player participation in tennis, Tennis Hot Shots is hugely popular in kids’ sport at the moment. So how does it work? The courts are smaller, the racquets are lighter and the balls are low-compression so that don’t bounce too high.…