UK Schools to introduce Wii clubs at lunch and break-times

Schoolkids could soon be spending their lunchbreaks playing computer games... but don't worry, it's to help them get fit.

A scheme getting kids to mimic sports such as a tennis and bowling by playing the Nintendo Wii has been trialled in six schools in Worcestershire.

And after winning an award from the Youth Sport Trust, it may be extended across the country.

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coolfool4326d ago

a "if you can't beat them join them" approach? I mean wii sports is alright in that its physical but it really isn't a substitute for proper exercise. It doesb't raise your heart rate (not for any sustained amount), it doesn't improve eye-hand coordination (games can do this but I don't think wii sports does) and it doesn't improve fitness overall. All it does do is maybe burn a few more calories than you would if you sat on your ass at break time.

Wii tennis doesn't require the skill and accuracy that real tennis does so kids would not get the skills (pace, control, accuracy) benefits that they would by playing the real counter-parts.

Still, if it does move kids that would other wise be on their ass then I suppose it is a good thing.