Sport in the digital age is even more crucial for New Zealand school students, a leading Auckland secondary school educationalist believes.
Daniel Mathie, year 11 dean and a physical education teacher at ACG Parnell College, says because young people spend a lot of their time online many are less active than children were in the past.
Parents are understandably more cautious about letting their kids out to play,” he says. “They are only trying to protect them, but in earlier times when there was no internet kids were more active and outside playing tag, chasing each other on their bikes or climbing all over jungle gyms.
“So to me, sport is more crucial than ever before.”