According to specialists from the Ministry of Education, children with poor health should not sit on the bench when their peers are doing physical exercises. And the best way to attract such children to mass sports will be adaptive programs for certain sports, including extracurricular activities.

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This opinion was expressed by the director of the department of state policy in the field of education, additional education and children’s recreation of the Ministry of Education Natalya Naumova during a round table in the Federation Council.

According to Naumova, today physical education lessons give the child only the direction of physical development. And in order for the student to be more involved in sports, the Ministry of Education has developed 17 additional modules that allow you to unleash the potential of the child during extracurricular time.

Natalia Naumova notedthat these additional modules require higher competencies for physical education teachers. Therefore, the department, together with various sports federations, organizes performances and master classes of professional athletes in schools, writes Parliamentary Newspaper.

Currently, there are more than 30,000 school sports clubs in Russia. Naumova called them a bridge to get children involved in sports on a regular basis. In her opinion, the competitions of yard football teams with the support of the all-Russian tournament “Leather Ball” should be returned to the cities during the summer holidays. And do it at the federal level. And also to develop sports skills among secondary school students who are located in remote areas where it is difficult to find additional specialists for sports.

At the same time, children with poor health should not be excluded from sports life, Naumova added. Today, the Ministry of Education, together with sports federations, is developing adaptive programs for individual sports, she specified.

In turn, Vladimir Krugly, a member of the Federation Council Committee on Regulations and Organization of Parliamentary Activities, noted that this issue is very important for children. And the topic itself is very close to the topic of inclusive education. He believes that adaptive programs will increase the interest of children with poor health in physical education, will motivate them.

According to the senator, such programs should be as individual as possible. That is, the program should be selected for a specific child with specific health characteristics, so that children feel comfortable and safe to study.

Vladimir Krugly emphasized that special sets of exercises should be as safe as possible and exclude the possibility of injury. Therefore, it is necessary to involve trained teachers and rehabilitation specialists in such classes. He clarified that this issue requires a serious approach and deep knowledge, including scientific ones. It is scientists who should be involved in the development of these programs so that they are working, so that they are used in schools, especially in those where there is inclusion.