Sport sector backs plan to get kids active for 1 hour a day
15th July 2019
With the aim of getting more children active, the Government has outlined its ‘School Sport and Activity Action Plan’, which will aim to give children access to an hour’s physical activity each day.
The plan will set out a range of new measures including strengthening the role of sport within young people’s daily routine, explain how teachers and parents can play their part and promoting a joined-up approach to physical activity and mental wellbeing. The plan was recently outlined by ministers for three different departments; Damian Hinds (Education Secretary), Mims Davies (Sport Minister) and Seema Kennedy (Minister for Public Health).
Volleyball England is giving its full support to helping get young people more activity and healthy, as well building stronger ties with sport. CEO Janet Inman has signed a joint statement from the sports sector, which has seen 40 leading sports charities and governing bodies respond to the Government’s proposal.
Here is the statement from the sports sector:
“At a time of declining levels of wellbeing and when one third of children are inactive, young people are in dire need of a long-term, joined-up approach to youth sport.
“As a unified community of organisations passionate about physical education and school sport and dedicated to supporting its delivery, we recognise that ministers have worked over the last few months to deliver on the commitment made last year to develop a cross-government School Sport and Activity Action Plan.
“This announcement sets out some encouraging intentions and acknowledges the absolute priority of getting every young person enjoying 60 active minutes every day. It is positive that some of our asks of the action plan are reflected in this announcement, however, it is also important that further policy change is brought forward. To that end, the sector will convene in the early autumn to explore how we can best engage with and support the plan’s implementation. We look forward to working with Sport England and all three government departments at what will be an exciting forum.
“With a new Prime Minister due to come into post, it will be vital that this commitment to the importance of school sport, physical activity and physical education survives and transcends any forthcoming reshuffle. Of course, the success of the School Sport and Activity Action Plan will ultimately hinge on how it is resourced and delivered and to achieve significant change it will require improved support for school sport in the government’s next spending review.
“As a sector we welcome the update on this plan and look forward to building on it as part of a longer-term government commitment to a Youth Charter.”