Why outdoor physical activity and play have a fundamental role in children’s development? 

In this article Vicci Wells discusses her concept of Sports Sanctuaries. She states :

“Sport Sanctuaries take the theory of the biophilia (ie love of nature) hypothesis, whereby being outdoors, in nature, creates experiences that result in reduced stress, improved cognitive function, and enhanced mood and creativity. These spaces of sanctuary, which involve the intentional use of certain physical activities, can increase overall wellbeing and productivity” This concept has been developed into Sensory Sanctuaries, by Riverside School in Northern Ireland, particularly relevant to pupils with Autism and / or Complex Needs.