ACF is harnessing the power of the multiplier effect by training PT teachers and empowering them to impart sports and physical education to hundreds of students across Himachal Pradesh. After a successful pilot, they now plan to replicate and roll out the 'train the trainer' model across an additional 50 schools from 5 locations in 2021.
ACF has initiated a pilot project to promote sports in schools with the aim to build stamina among each and every child, which in return will be helpful in keeping children healthy and strong - both physically and mentally.
13 Physical Education Teachers from 10 schools across Darlaghat, Himachal Pradesh were trained under this programme, developing their capacity to deliver engaging, impactful sports programmes - reaching out to 570 students (294 boys and 276 girls).
A range of sports and physical exercise activities were implemented in schools twice a week, with the teachers receiving a refresher training mid-year to identify and discuss issues, improve skills and knowledge on teaching sports.
ACF is planning to scale the programme in 2020-21, taking the programme from 10 to 50 schools across 5 locations.
Participation in sport is an integral part of child development and helps imbibe a culture of 'physical activity' in children - helping curb many future health issues in adulthood. Sport has many physical and mental benefits, including:
- Reduced risk of obesity
- Increased cardiovascular fitness
- Healthy growth of bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons
- Improved coordination and balance
- Improved sleep
- Mental health benefits such as greater confidence
- Improved social skills
- Improved personal skills including cooperation and leadership