Children’s physical activity charity Youth Sport Trust has released its guidance on how to support Muslim children with physical activity during Ramadan. The ninth month in the Islamic Calendar is when Muslims observe 29 to 30 days of fasting. This year it starts on the 23rd of March and ends on the 21st of April, depending on the sighting of the moon.
Studies show that minority children are less likely to be involved in physical activity. Ramadan presents unique challenges as whilst exercise is important, navigating religious beliefs can be difficult. Overexertion is a real problem and can be avoided with some simple unintrusive adjustments.
A few examples include:
- Moving after-school clubs or competitions to before school when children have more energy
- Focusing on less strenuous outdoor activities or activities like rounders and table tennis
- Some students may be concerned about swallowing water, so swimming may need to be rescheduled
For more ideas on how to be more inclusive during Ramadan, see here.