5 reasons why spending your PE and Sports premium on skateboarding will benefit your students in the wake of COVID-19.

We’ve all been through the strangest 2 years of our lives. The coronavirus pandemic has turned the world upside down and it has been especially hard on young people. One of the biggest impacts has been on their physical and mental health. Here are 5 reasons why spending your sports premium on skateboarding will benefit your students in the wake of COVID-19.

  1. Self-Confidence – Faced with lockdowns and school closures children have been deprived of the normal experience that build self-esteem and confidence. Skateboarders are curious and seek novel and challenging experiences that help them build their competence. As they feel increasingly competent, their self-esteem rises. Success comes much more easily, when perfecting tricks, with higher self-confidence.
  2. Social Skills and awareness – Skateboarding has a extraordinary community that is supportive and celebrates success. It is absolutely a social sport and thrives because all skateboarders love what they do and positively communicate that passion with each other and build strong and lasting relationships. Skate park etiquette relies on your awareness of other people and the space you are in.
  3. Stress Relief – to skateboard you enter a zone where you are in the moment. You simply cannot skate when you are worrying about other things. Being in the moment, a well-known well-being tool is great for stress relief.
  4. Active lifestyle – Skateboarding, whether used as a means of transportation, a recreational activity or as part of an athlete’s dedicated ambition to learn new tricks, is an all-around calorie burning and muscle building activity. It’s also a lifelong activity, as many skateboarders continue to enjoy the sport into their 50s and 60s.
  5. Avoiding illness – With a healthy lifestyle, we can avoid 60-70% of known illnesses.