(Picture courtesy of Sport England).
Sport England has invested directly into school sport, along with the UK Government, in recognition of the important role schools play in supporting children to be more active and healthier, including through the School Sport and Activity Action Plan and PE and Sport Premium. Some £13.5 million has gone into a secondary teacher training programme, offering professional development opportunities to staff in over 2,000 schools across England to help put pupil’s needs and enjoyment at the heart of PE and school sport, while £26m has been invested into Satellite Clubs to engage children and young people in sport outside the school day and over £16m is supporting the School Games. The Scottish Government supports sportscotland with funding for Active Schools coordinators, who provide a variety of support to schools, however, many, including those only now returning from furlough, are still not yet able to arrange sport outside school hours.
UK Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston is clear that sport is viewed as crucial to the recovery of children’s health in England. He commented: “Schools and teachers are working incredibly hard to reopen safely and we will support them in helping children get fit and healthy as they return. Playing sport and being active is vital for young people’s physical and mental health, whilst also improving behaviour and concentration. Sport is a crucial part of school life, and now more so than ever.”