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Source: DOSB The fact that almost 80% of 7 to 14-year-old boys and about 60% of girls are members of sports clubs is still gratifying. This is an outstanding level of organization in an international comparison. The Deutsche Sportjugend, together with its member organizations and subdivisions, works to ensure that all children and young people have access to a wide range of offers in sports clubs. The sad but unsurprising picture, which was also taken up in the recently published 4th Children and Youth Sports Report, shows that 80% of children and adolescents fail to achieve the 60-minute daily exercise recommended by the World Health Organization. Children and young people – especially girls – from socially disadvantaged families are particularly affected. The aim must be to counteract this dramatic development. For years, Deutsche Sportjugend has been calling for and promoting more exercise among children and young people, not only in sports clubs, but also in everyday life, in schools and in day-care centers, in childcare and in their free time. But that alone is not enough. There must be numerous low-threshold exercise offers in all the worlds of children and young people. The figures clearly show how much the activity level of children drops as soon as they take their first steps in facilities such as day care centers and schools. The amount of physical activity is reduced as soon as you join the daycare center; when entering school, the level of activity is reduced by a further 25-30%. A movement pact is required with important allies who actually take action and address decision-makers in politics. In this sense, the final consequence, drawn from the results of the 4th child and youth sports report, may also be understood: to found a networking committee for improved (sports) practice. Networking partners from politics, sport and society in order to strengthen children’s and youth sports A stronger exchange of actors in children’s and youth sports is a good and important signal. Such a movement pact to network with the actors at different levels of the education, health, sport or science system would offer the chance to enter into a close exchange and increase the probability of implementation in the sense of an increased contribution to the common good of children and youth sports in Germany . The authors of the children’s and youth sports report go in the same direction with their recommendation and propose that a committee be established with specialist representatives and decision-makers from the Conference of Sports Ministers (SMK), the Sports Commission of the Conference of Ministers of Education (KMK), sports youths and -bünden (LSB) as well as sports science. Bringing children and young people into motion and enabling them to grow up healthily, including supporting digital media and tools Movement, games and sport must be part of everyday life for children and young people, whereby methods suitable for children and young people, and certainly digital apps and tools, are helpful in promoting them could be. Everyday exercise must be understood and implemented as a cross-sectional task in various policy fields such as health, sports, urban development, transport and education policy in order to design the living environment of children and young people to promote physical activity. According to the children’s and youth sports report, digitization in sport should be seen as an opportunity. Deutsche Sportjugend has expressly supported this attitude, especially since 2019. The corona pandemic in particular has shown that digital offers and apps can be used to promote physical activity, provided they are backed up with meaningful educational concepts. She is currently developing a corresponding position paper. The Deutsche Sportjugend has also been supporting a holistic approach to promoting physical activity within the framework of healthy growing up for many years. This is presented in the children’s and youth sports report under the term Physical Literacy and is now up for discussion. In addition to knowledge about the effects on lifelong sports, additional knowledge about the mechanisms of action of holistic sports and exercise programs is helpful in order to be able to support children and young people more specifically in their development through the medium of sport. At least two perspectives on leadership orientation in sport, school and everyday life The children’s and youth sport report describes that in the last five years there has been a decline in performance orientation in both school sport and in sports clubs. In the current SINUS 2020 study “How do young people tick?”, Young people state that they still like to do sports in clubs, but that some pressure to perform bothers them. Parallels to this can also be found in the stakeholder survey in the current sports development report 2017/2018 (evaluation will appear in the next year’s newsletter). The interviewed trainers of children and adolescents do not place the performance of the athletes as a priority goal of their training, but rather conveying fun and enjoyment of sport and the development of the personality of athletes. However, the interest of children and young people in performance-oriented sport has not necessarily decreased (see also Sinus Study 2020). Because competition that measures with others or explores one’s own limits is still highly attractive for many children and young people. The German Sports Youth welcomes the development on the one hand, because the joy of sport contributes to the fact that children and young people stay longer in movement and thus also in the sports club. Excessive demands on young people are a common reason for stopping playing sports. On the other hand, society, trainers, teachers and parents must not forget that “performance” is an essential value that defines personalities, which it is still important to maintain and evaluate positively. The German Sports Youth calls for a new discussion of the concept of performance in public. Showing performance, committed to something and with enthusiasm, a certain resilience and one’s own will to overcome hurdles make up a positive performance concept. For many children and young people, showing and experiencing performance is associated with fun and joy and is not in conflict. Excessive demands, injuries, unhealthy exhaustion as well as psychological or physical consequential damage must be differentiated and examined as risk factors. The key is to promote motivation while always keeping the child’s well-being in mind. An important component is to ensure the quality of the training. Children and youth sports make a contribution to conveying values ​​in practice Working with children and young people in sports clubs is conveying values ​​in practice. Here children learn to recognize rules, team play, how to deal with victory and defeat, fairness and social interaction. Trainers play a central role in this. It is they who enable a healthy upbringing, characterize performance positively and act as role models. The Deutsche Sportjugend has been explicitly involved since 2015 in the fields of the work of trainers and the educational quality of training in organized children’s and youth sports, etc. a. in the “TrainerInSportdeutschland” project and calls for broad recognition of these key people for the growing up of children and young people in sport. For this it is necessary that questions of educational training quality continue to be intensively debated and researched. (Source: dsj)


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