Students are fighting fit

Exercises are expected to improve children's health.

FITNESS testing is going to begin for students at Burnt Mill Academy Trust (BMAT) secondary school in Harlow.

These tests will look at student’s cardiovascular fitness, co-ordination, balance and agility. The tests enable specialist sports teachers to spot future sporting stars early on and help them develop upon their skills.

Fitness tests have already been carried out within four BMAT primary schools in Harlow, as well as Cooks Spinney, Roydon, Little Parndon and Freshwaters. Agility tests are given at the start of each term.

School kids having fun with exercise.

Phil Dawes, director of sport for the Trust, said: ‘The idea of introducing fitness testing to secondary schools is to monitor students fitness levels and point students in the direction of sports, or activities, which they will enjoy and thrive at.

‘Far too many people have a negative view of sports so this is about enabling students to have a choice over what they take part in.’

Helena Mills, chief executive officer (CEO) of BMAT, said: ‘Sport is an important part of a child’s development, especially their physical and mental wellbeing.’

Each of the primary schools run the Change for Life programme and pupils who may need extra support are invited to attend the clubs, to learn about nutrition and engage themselves within sport.

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Leah Bloxham

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