Open The Studios & Clubs in NI

Open The Studios & Clubs in NI

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Matthew Watson started this petition to Northern Ireland Executive and

COVID-19 Restrictions have meant that in Northern Ireland a huge number of indoor extra-curricular activities have been closed for the majority of the last nine months including; dance, gymnastics, cheerleading, theatre schools and many more!

There are thousands of students and children across the country who are missing out on vital training which can help them gain qualifications, training and UCAS points for entry into Universities and Specialist Colleges where they can further develop their skills and achieve their career goals and ambitions. On top of this they are missing the opportunity to improve their physical and mental health and well-being.

There are a huge number of teachers, coaches and small business owners who have trained and worked so hard to create and develop their business, which puts a great deal of money back into our economy. These people have also invested a great deal in order to comply with all social distancing and safeguarding measures recommended due to the risk presented by COVID-19. Now we say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! We want to be seen and heard!

It is time we received some relief from the constant ignorance of our sectors in the governments restrictions announcements.

Physical fitness is just one of many benefits of these activities that can enhance a child’s life in so many ways. They help children develop emotionally, socially and cognitively, and the dedication, discipline and focus children must learn and practice are important life skills that will transfer over to school, work and other aspects of their lives. Committing to this involves showing up on time, every time, fully prepared and instills great habits and accountability. Children learn that their actions not only affect themselves, but others as well. The dedication involved also shows kids that being committed to something can bring many positives into their lives.

Through perseverance and self-motivation, children can be encouraged to solve problems through experimentation. It is important that children learn that if they don’t succeed, they need to try again. Being able to make mistakes, ask for help, accept constructive feedback and make improvements are great skills to have. When they master a complicated movement in dance or gymnastics, for example, they have a sense of accomplishment that will encourage them to conquer other challenges throughout their lives. Children strengthen their cognitive abilities and memory skills through learning choreography. They develop enhanced sensory awareness and learn nonverbal communication, which represents two thirds of all communication. By understanding body language, they learn how to portray a message using body movements, and how to interpret body signals from others.

These activities help to build self-confidence and enable children to develop interpersonal skills, which is vital to a child’s cognitive development. When children are part of a group activity, such as a dance routine, they learn the importance of teamwork and develop skills to work successfully in a group setting. This helps children learn how to listen well, lead others and be patient.

The topic of mental health is becoming more and more prevalent in today’s society, an increasing amount of research surrounding the positive effects on mental health has emerged. This shows that this activity improves mood, lowers stress and anxiety, is a tool of therapeutic expression and social anxiety therapy, is used a form of depression reduction and also promotes interconnectedness and social bonding.

Suffice to say extra-curricular activity is so important to our children’s physical and mental health and well-being!

Save our studios. Save our businesses. Save our kids!

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