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Sport and exercise sciences students test school pupils' fitness levels


November 18 2015

Primary school pupils taking part in a year-long health and fitness initiative underwent a series of sport science tests to check on their progress.

Glyndŵr University sport and exercise sciences students visited Ysgol Bryn Deva in Connah’s Quay to lead a series of tests with 128 pupils.

A range of individual pupils’ attributes were measured, including height, weight, speed, agility, hand-eye coordination, stamina and muscular endurance.

Sue Taylor, senior lecturer in sport and exercise sciences at Glyndŵr University, said: “This was a great opportunity for the students to get hands on experience of conducting fitness testing outside of the lab.

“They also got to work with children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6, which will be great for those students who want to train as teachers when they graduate.

“Every child that was tested was so enthusiastic and motivated to do well, which is fantastic to see."

Steven Thomas, teacher at Ysgol Bryn Deva, said: “As a school we are delighted we were able to have Sue's expertise for our school initiative. The sport and exercise students were a credit to Glyndwr University.

“We are very excited about this initiative and we were delighted with the children's attitudes throughout the day. They were fully engaged and thoroughly enjoyed doing various fitness tests.”

A survey published by Public Health Wales earlier this year revealed that 26.5% of primary school children in Wales are classed as overweight.

Activity levels are seen as key to tackling the nation’s obesity crisis, particularly at primary school age.

“As a school we really want to promote a healthy lifestyle including physical acitvity and diet in the hope to improve our children's overall well-being,” said Steven.

“The fitness testing will give us baseline data to assess whether our initiative has had a positive physical effect on our children.

“If the initiative proves to be successful then it is something we will look to continue again next year. So far it has had a really positive effect on our school children and I hope this will continue throughout the initiative.

“We are extremely grateful that Glyndŵr University sport and exercise students gave us this wonderful opportunity and hope to maintain a positive relationship.”

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