Please find below a number of references which highlight the positive impact physical activity has on physical health, mental health and cognitive function.

Chief Medical Officers’ Physical Activity Guidelines (Sept 2019)

Worth noting: ‘Children and young people should engage in a variety of types and intensities of physical activity across the week to develop movement skills, muscular fitness and bone strength’

Below are some infographics from the CMO guidelines:

Wendy Suzuki Ted Talk ‘The brain-changing benefits of exercise’ – 

Public Health Briefing on the link between pupil health and wellbeing and attainment:

Academic papers:

Poitras VJ, Carson, V., Chaput, J.P., Saunders, T.J., Connor Gorber, S., Kho, M.E. and Tremblay, M.S. Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth: An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep. Guideline Development Report. Ottawa; 2016.

Strong WB, Malina RM, Blimkie CJ, Daniels SR, Dishman RK, Gutin B, et al. Evidence based physical activity for school-age youth. J Pediatr. 2005;146(6):732-7.