Evidence of Need
In a post-Covid society we are seeing more incidents of poor mental health and behaviour in adolescent boys in our most underserved communities. This is leading to poor engagement with school life, increases in exclusions and non-attendance, and a low sense of belonging.
Evidence has shown that, when structured appropriately, sport has the potential to enhance social and emotional functioning, enhance health-related quality of life and develop protective factors against poor mental health.
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Impact to Date
Boys Move has had a tangible impact on:
- Increased engagement in physical activity
- Increased engagement in extra-curricular sport inside and outside of school
- Increased engagement in school, including attendance, punctuality, and participation in lessons
- Improved relationships between both the young people and their peers and staff
- Improved mental health, behaviour and wellbeing with increases in fulfilling potential.
This programme taught me that I don't need to be ashamed that I can't play PE that well and that I don't need to listen to what people think of me. It taught me that I can do anything.