Vale school children raise the bar in sport participation
26 October 2016
The latest School Sport Survey (2015) has revealed that children in the Vale of Glamorgan are participating in sport in increasing numbers.
In a table of Wales’ 22 local authorities, the Vale of Glamorgan Council has secured a top three spot for the participation of children in sport within its boundaries.
Amongst the many positive highlights to come out of the survey, a huge 83% of pupils in the Vale said that they had taken part in a sport at a club outside school in the past year.
Over half of all pupils in the local authority area were also found to be taking part in sport more than three times a week according to the Sport Wales report.
Commenting Gwyn John, Cabinet Member for Visible and Leisure Services said, “The findings of this survey are very encouraging. The importance of keeping fit and active cannot be underestimated. The patterns we establish in our early years in terms of keeping fit and participating in sports can have lasting positive benefits both in terms of our health and in the development of important life skills such as teamwork.”
He added, “As someone who has always been active both as a participant and spectator in sport, I can testify to the army of parents, teachers and volunteers out there who give up their time to facilitate sporting activities for children in the Vale of Glamorgan and across Wales for that matter. The results of this survey are, in no small part, testament to their efforts and enthusiasm. The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Sports & Play Development Team should also be congratulated for providing the platform which has undoubtedly contributed to these very positive results.”