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28 Recommendations on How to Encourage Physical Activity in Schools

On August 26, the Expert Group on Health-Enhancing Physical Activity (HEPA) published its 28 recommendations on how to encourage physical education in schools. These recommendations, which include supporting evidence and relevant research, have been proposed and addressed to national governments, sport organizations and the private sector.

These recommendations will be taken up by the Council of the EU in the second half of 2015, under the Luxembourg Presidency, as part of the priorities for sport aimed at promoting physical and motor activity, especially during early childhood.

Of the 28 recommendations, two are particularly applicable to the health club industry - recommending that schools form cooperative frameworks and partnerships with sport organizations (including health clubs.)  

Recommendation 17 – Schools should seek to establish a cooperative framework with sport organisations and other local sport offers in order to promote both curricular and extra-curricular activities.

Recommendation 18 – Partnerships should be created between schools and sport sector organisations to ensure quality and availability of safe infrastructures and equipment for physical education, extra-curricular or after-school activities, and communities. These partnerships should ensure the efficient management of infrastructures and prevent duplicate or underused facilities.

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