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Teaching swimming to Primary School children

Complete Guide to Primary Swimming is designed to assist school teachers with limited knowledge and experience of teaching swimming to deliver the swimming component of the National Curriculum for key stages 1 and 2.

Teachers already possess a range of skills and expertise that can be easily transferred into the pool environment and by demystifying the teaching of swimming this book allows them to teach it effectively, safely and enjoyably.

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Between five and seven is the best age to learn to swim

Swimming lessonRecent research in the Journal of Motor Learning and Development reports that the optimum age for children to begin formal swimming lessons is between five and seven years of age.

A study was conducted of 272 children who started formal swimming lessons between the ages of three and eight.

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NHS’s inexplicable approach to obesity

obesity (2)MPs say it is “inexplicable” that the NHS in England spends more on bariatric surgery than well-established measures to prevent obesity.

A report by the Health Select Committee says health workers should use every opportunity to deal with the problem.

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Success of England’s National Governing Bodies

Sport montageA new study, State of Play, commissioned to look at the impact 39 governing bodies have had in delivering sport in England has revealed that more than 1.8m people belong to sports clubs and almost three million sports competitions took place in England in 2014.

The report was launched alongside a new chief executive officer forum which hopes to act as an independent voice to influence national and local policy on sport.

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Every Second Counts

Walk in the parkLow-intensity exercise like walking for a minute at a time can cut blood pressure and even housework and gardening chores can add years to your life.

Inactive people who take up low-intensity activities for a minute at a time can cut blood pressure and cholesterol while boosting their well-being.

The breakthrough comes after tests showed it is better to keep moving throughout the day rather than undertake an intense burst of exercise followed by rest.

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