The Play Providers Association

Benefits of Play

The PPA and its members are keen to promote the benefits of play. The benefits of play have been proven by research and go a long way to combating the threat of obesity in today's modern society. Family Entertainments Centres offer a safe and secure environment for children to develop socially, emotionally and physically. Children gain an excellent work out without even realising confirmed Fitness First in a recent study of physical activity in Creepy Crawlies, York

Fitness First Research


Interval training is I believe one of the most effective ways of increasing fitness, exercising the heart and it is believed to boost the metabolism for up to 18 hours post training. Interval training is performed after a warm up by raising the heart rate to around 90% of maximal then bringing it down to around 65% then back up. This is the type of cardio I recommend to my clients who want to either increase fitness, build stamina or simply desire a reduction of body fat. After spending some time at “ Creepy Crawly‟s Children‟s Activity Centre-York ” and monitoring the heart rates of children aged 4-13 years and some willing adults, it was noted that after running around the course then using the slide to get down then running back up, then sliding back down, the heart rates rose quite significantly, up to 95% in one child, the slide being the rest period and the running to get up there being the high point. The average heart rate rise was 84 beats per minute!!! What a way to get a workout…….and at the minute they don‟t even know they are having one!!

  • Carl Smith -Personal Trainer ( Fitness First)

BNF Research

Benefits of physical activity for young people

Physical activity has important beneficial effects on the current and future health of children and young people. This message has been highlighted in summaries of relevant evidence in the report of the Chief Medical Officer (2004) and by Biddle, Gorely & Stensel (2004).

Potential benefits are:

• Healthy growth and development of the musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory systems.
• Maintenance of health energy balance (in order to encourage a healthy weight).
• Avoidance of risk factors for coronary heart disease, such as high blood pressure and abnormal lipid profile.
• Opportunities for social interaction, achievement and mental well-being.

Other possible benefits:

• Some evidence suggests that physical activity in childhood may be related to general cognitive functioning and academic achievement in school (Sibley & Etnier, 2003)
• In addition, active children are less likely to smoke or to use alcohol or illegal drugs than active children (Physical Activity Task Force, 2002).

Being physically active as a child may lead to improved health status in adulthood

If young people emerge from their school years feeling confident about their physical skills, bodies and their ability to participate in physical activities this may result in them being more physically active throughout adulthood. There is currently limited evidence on the tracking of physical activity from childhood to adulthood. However, children who are inactive are very likely to become inactive adults (National Association for Sport and Physical Education, 2004).

Potential benefits are:

• Maintenance of optimal body weight in childhood, thus reducing the risk of obesity in adulthood.
• Maximisation of bone development which can reduce the later risk of osteoporosis. Appropriate activity can lead to 5-15% increases in bone mineral density.
• Maintenance of childhood aerobic fitness which potentially has a beneficial effect on adult risk of cardiovascular disease.

PPA Locator

How to join

Play Providers Association, Rural Innovation Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG
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