The plan urges schools to recognise how physical literacy and high-quality, modern PE lessons can benefit other aspects of school life and improve pupils’ behaviour, wellbeing and attainment.
And it outlines how we and the government will work with a range of sporting bodies, including the Football Association, the Premier League and the England and Wales Cricket Board, to ensure clubs and programmes can reach even more children.
“Sport has such an incredible power to have a hugely positive impact on children’s lives,” said Minister for Sport and Civil Society Mims Davies.
“It increases their physical and mental wellbeing, helps them achieve at school and teaches important life skills such as working as a team, developing the confidence to try new things and taking leadership.
minutes of physical activity are recommended for children, every day
“I urge schools to put sport and physical activity at the heart of every school day, creating a cultural shift where it becomes routine in the daily lives of young people.
“Our plan will help shift the dial in school sport – making lessons more fun and engaging and vitally increasing the number of out of school clubs so that more young people get and stay active.”
With Seema Kennedy, Public Health Minister, adding: “Making exercise both fun and accessible to all children is a key part of healthy development.
“Obesity is on the rise, and schools have a vital role in achieving our ambition to halve childhood obesity by 2030.
“The sugar tax is already funding school sports across the country and we are encouraging all primary schools to get their pupils active for a mile a day as part of our world-leading childhood obesity plan.
“This pledge is a vital step in making sure that our children grow up healthy, active and happy.
“The School Sport and Activity Action Plan will build on these successes, increasing access to sport and activity for every child so they can reap all the health benefits this brings.”