Labour have released their ‘Sport for All’ consultation, a document setting out their current thinking on how to improve participation in physical activity and sport. The consultation is a mix of policy ideas and questions, with the party seeking insight from the sector on which proposals to take forward to their final Manifesto document.
While proposals to introduce a betting tax have grabbed the headlines, it is encouraging that the document also includes a significant section on the importance of sport and physical activity at school and a number of proposals to improve provision. At the Youth Sport Trust, we know that school provides a critical window of opportunity to engage young people in sport and physical activity, with high quality provision unlocking a multitude of health, educational and economic benefits. it is reassuring to see policymakers are also taking these proven benefits seriously and are thinking about how school sport can act as the foundation for a wider national sporting strategy to get our nation more active, something the Youth Sport Trust certainly advocates.
Overall, the proposals made in the consultation provide food for thought. Here at the Trust we are currently developing our own ‘manifesto’ which will contain a number of ‘key asks’ for the next Government in order to improve school sport and PE. As part of this process we have launched our own school sport survey to find out about the experience PE practitioners ‘on the ground’. I look forward to using these results to inform our response, not only to this consultation, but our own YST manifesto publication and our campaigning in the coming months.