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Children and young people

Learn more about the work we’re doing to build positive attitudes to sport and activity as the foundations of an active life.

The School Sport and Activity Action Plan

To give children more opportunities to access 60 minutes of daily sport and physical activity, the government has developed the School Sport and Activity Action plan.

Using learnings taken from our world-leading Active Lives Children and Young People Survey, the plan sets out a range of measures to strengthen the role of physical activity within a young person’s daily routine, explains how teachers and parents can play their part, and details how to promote a joined-up approach to physical activity and mental wellbeing.

We’re working at the heart of this plan, which includes the following:

After-school satellite clubs

An additional £2 million investment from us to create 400 new after-school satellite clubs to get more young people in disadvantaged areas active.

Extend facilities

The Department for Education (DfE) committing £2.5m to deliver extra training for PE teachers, help schools open their facilities at weekends and holidays, and expand sports volunteering programmes.

Opportunities to get active

A new Inspection Framework, developed between Ofsted and DfE, that will see schools expected to give children a broad, balanced education, including opportunities to get active during the school day and through extracurricular activities.

Innovative approaches

A series of regional pilots, joint-funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and DfE, through us, to trial innovative approaches to getting more young people active – particularly less active groups such as girls and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Competitive sport and volunteering

Schools and sports clubs will work together to share their facilities and expertise, giving more pupils access to character-building competitive sport and volunteering opportunities. They will focus on ensuring boys and girls have an equal and coordinated offer of sport, competition and activity, including modern PE lessons and access to high-quality clubs and competitions after school and during weekends and holidays.

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