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Why do we need a ball school?

The children of this world grow up culturally different. But playing with balls is very popular everywhere. In Africa it is said that the boys are born with a ball on their feet and the first love of children in Brazil is around. On the 8000 km long side of the Atlantic Ocean you still find many young dribbling artists who seemingly do nothing but play with the ball".

In Europe - and especially in Austria and Germany - children today play differently than their parents or grandparents. In the past, streets, courtyards and meadows were used for various ball games. Now cars are driving in these areas or it says "Do not enter!" Space for parking cars seems to be much more important than playgrounds for children. Therefore, playing is more and more often only with the mouse button. Instead of a fall-back the ball is just with a "click" promoted to the goal.

The consequences are obvious. Our children's world is no longer a world of movement, not a few experts speak of desolate movement landscapes and sitting traps. The evolutionary inheritance of children naturally finding the rhythm between exercise, rest and feeding threatens to be gradually lost through today's living conditions. Sports science and sports medicine studies speak a clear language here. Only 21% of our children, according to international guidelines (WHO), achieve the minimum level of physical activity necessary for a healthy and harmonious personality development. And the movement-poor lifestyle solidifies. In adolescence, only 12% of boys and 8% of girls move sufficiently and unfortunately, long-term studies show that lazy children are very likely to become "lazy" adults. The branches - so an old saying goes - give customer of the root.

The consequences of this early lifestyle are dramatic and still underestimated. The level of stamina and strength abilities, as well as other basic motor abilities - speed, agility, and coordination - has declined by 15% since the mid-1980s. International studies suggest that a PISA motor assessment would be little more positive for our children than in the other school learning fields. The lack of pleasure in "moving" and deficits in motor performance are secondly anything but guarantees for a "healthy growing up". Obesity has long been a major issue for children and there is a danger that in the not too distant future the equation "Generation @ = Generation f @ t" could actually become reality. Study results show that this is not an increase in calorie intake, but the reduced movement influence is the cause.

In addition to muscles and bones, metabolic processes also suffer from a physically inactive lifestyle. Physical inactivity is one of the main reasons that so-called old-age diabetes is spreading and increasingly affects younger people. Meanwhile, it is also known that raving promotes school learning. Romping does not make sense in the sense of intelligent, but it improves the so-called executive functions. This refers to learning-promoting competencies such as the ability to concentrate, the speed of information processing or the working memory. Neuroscientists of movement explain this by the fact that broad motor experience collections lead to the increased synapse formation, to the new formation or to the preservation of brain neurons, to the increased production of neurotrophic factors and so on.

So there are many good reasons to do something about the lack of exercise and thus to replace the previous street-play culture! The ball school wants to make a contribution to this and sees itself as something of a lawyer for a "moving childhood"!