After-School Clubs Can Boost Grades

kingshottschool-1According to a new study, poorer children who attended after-school sports clubs were found to get better results compared to students from similar homes who had not.

The study which had been conducted by NatCen Social Research, Newcastle University and ASK Research concludes that clubs are an easy vehicle for enrichment.  6400 children in the UK took part in this research.

As a result of the study it had been found that taking part in activities after school plays a role in closing the gap between children from poorer backgrounds and those who come from wealthier families.

“Compared with disadvantaged children who did not attend after-school club at the age of 11, those who attended after-school club one or two days per week had made significantly more progress than predicted” is quoted in the report.

The report continues “Those who attended after-school club one day per week had, on average, a 1.7 point higher actual Key Stage 2 score than predicted based on their prior attainment and circumstances, while those who attended after-school club two days per week had on average a three point higher actual total point score than predicted.”

This study once again confirms how important extracurricular activities such as sports can be when it comes to education of the children. Now it is proven that sports after-school isn’t just beneficial for your children’s health and well-being, it is likewise shown how this type of activity can positively influence their grades.

A good private school that doesn’t make any compromises when it comes to offering varied extracurricular activities for your children could be the best choice. At prep school Bedfordshire you can read all about it.

The Best European Winter Sports Destinations

If you want to enjoy winter this season you will have to travel quite a distance. While most of the continent hasn’t seen any snow this year, Switzerland or the Italian Alps can give you all their winter fun you want.

For a good list of the coolest winter holiday destinations in Europe I recommend you check out

The Guardian has a great list of winter destinations for you.

Check out the Adelboden Igloo festival in Adelboden Switzerland. Slovakia can be another great winter holiday destination for all those who love skiing.

Players Want to Show Pride At England-France Soccer Game

Didier Deschamps, France’s manager said France’s players will represent their country’s pride greater than ever in Tuesdays upcoming match against England.

The friendly soccer match will take place four days after 129 were killed in the terrorist attacks in Paris, you ring the match of France-Germany at the Stade the France

Deschamps said to the press that they will be attending to represent their country with its colours blue, white and red “with even more pride than we normally would”.

“It has been a difficult, stressful time, but we have been together and each of us, in our way, has kept up to date with the events. Each player and individual has dealt with this in their own way. The main thing is that we have kept together and shared our grief.The match will be full of emotion but we have a duty to perform and give a good account of ourselves and represent our country in the right way”, Mr Deschamps stated.

One of those killed on Friday was midfielder Lassana Diarra’s cousin, Asta Diakite. Player Antoine Griezmann’s sister escaped from the attacks at the Bataclan theatre.