Responding to Sport England’s Active Lives Children and Young People research, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust Ali Oliver said:
“This important research from Sport England reinforces the importance of getting PE and school sport right for all young people.
Our 2015 report, ‘The Class of 2035’ told us that the three main drivers for young people’s engagement with physical activity were fun, friendship and freedom. We have been tirelessly pursuing these outcomes through our work ever since then through a focus on physical literacy development, inclusion, and accessible afterschool sport and competition. While we have trained 100,000 teachers and coaches since 2015, we know the job is far from done.
"The statistics we published last year on the cuts to curriculum time for physical education in secondary schools have now translated into less after school sport as well, while in Primary schools the government’s PE and sport premium has the potential to achieve much but due to the lack of a strategic and accountable approach to the investment this opportunity is not being maximised.
"Too many young people are therefore missing out on the life changing benefits of PE and sport either because provision is being squeezed or because of an outdated curriculum and after school offer that fail to prioritise physical literacy and enjoyment. We are therefore incredibly hopeful that the School Sport Action Plan due for launch later in the spring will bring a refreshed, reinvigorated and rigorous approach to this crucial element of every child’s development – we have always believed physical literacy is as important to young people today as numeracy and language literacy."
To read the story and download the full survey visit Sport England's website.