Chris Parr

The extracurricular activities thriving during Covid

The Covid-19 pandemic may have put paid to freshers’ fairs, where students can sign up for a host of sporting and cultural pursuits, but it is vital that extracurricular activities continue to take place – albeit online or socially distanced – if this year’s cohort are to develop the social networks and ‘soft skills’ that such pastimes provide, finds Chris Parr

The extracurricular activities thriving during Covid

With a new national lockdown in place, it is a fairly safe bet that most college lecturers and leaders are not thinking too hard about the college chess club right now.

Yet the value of a rich extracurricular offer cannot be overlooked as a nice-to-have that can now be dropped without a second thought. Far from it.

While extracurricular provision may not be able to run as usual this year, research suggests that there are enormous benefits that come from taking part in these activities.

These include better educational attainment and reduced problem behaviours, as well as helping to ...

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