A new survey has revealed Anglesey school children are among the most active in Wales.
Figures reveal around 56% of children are taking part in sport at least three times a week – up from 50% four years ago and eight points above the national average.
The island ranks second overall for sporting activities across the nation.
More than 120,000 children from a thousand schools took part in the national Sport Wales survey last year – the biggest of its kind ever held in Wales. Ysgol Llanfairpwll was the first school to complete the survey.
Councillor Carwyn Jones, who oversees Anglesey Council’s leisure facilities, says: ”Anglesey is punching well above its weight when it comes to sport provision for children and young people. Coming second throughout the whole of Wales is testament to the great work being done on the Island, by schools, volunteer coaches at countless sports clubs and the council’s own sports development team.”’
Among the other Anglesey findings from the survey:
- 67% of pupils are members of a sports club.
- 71% of pupils enjoy sports outside of school a lot.
- 77% of pupils took part in sports at a club outside of school in the last year.
- 86% of pupils are confident in trying a new activity.
- 38% of pupils feel their opinions about sport and PE are always listened to.
Gafyn Lloyd Jones, the acting headteacher at Ysgol Llanfairpwll, said: ”The pupils were very enthusiastic and their work in completing the survey paints a fantastic picture of our school and the importance we place on sport and physical activity.”
”Their feedback gives clear information about the types of sport they enjoy, but also gives a picture of the types of activities they would like to try. This survey certainly provides children with a voice in the sporting arena.”
Anglesey Council said it would take note of ideas and comments from schoolchildren gathered in the national survey.
Barry Edwards, the community sport development officer, said: ”Our engagement with young people and our sports ambassadors is clearly working hence our successful school sport survey report.”
”We have a number of focus groups and forums set up to better understand pupils’ opinions about sport and physical activities, including the Mon Actif Leisure forum in which our ambassadors play a significant role.”
”Furthermore, a number of Anglesey primary and secondary schools have also established fitness and wellbeing forums as well as school sport councils to ensure pupils’ voices are listened too.”