Youth Sport Trust welcomes continuation of PE and school sport during lockdown

The Youth Sport Trust has today welcomed clarification from Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden that extra-curricular sport can continue during the national lockdown in England.

The charity is now encouraging schools not to stop their extra-curricular sport provision.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph today, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said: “Children will attend their regular PE classes, and will be able to continue extra-curricular school sport as part of wraparound care - whether it’s football, hockey, basketball, table tennis or running.”

Responding to the clarification, Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver MBE said:

“This clarification from the Secretary of State that extra-curricular school sport can continue is really helpful for schools, following earlier confusion. 

“It is now clear that schools should continue to provide extra-curricular sport because government deems it to play an important role in wraparound care for young people. 

“Most importantly for us, extra-curricular sport is about enrichment and it will be a massive boost to young people’s wellbeing during this national lockdown.”