Charity supports Minister for Sport's calls for increase to school sport levels

YST said it has long been campaigning for physical literacy to be put on a par with literacy and numeracy as Minister for Sport addresses UK Sport funding strategy launch

Responding to Minister for Sport Mims Davies’ speech at UK Sport this week, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust Ali Oliver said:

“Too many young people are missing out on the life-changing benefits of sport and play, particularly girls and those from less affluent backgrounds. This has been exacerbated by cuts to curriculum time for PE in schools.

It is encouraging to hear the Minister for Sport acknowledge that PE, sport and physical activity have an essential role to play in every child's education. We have campaigned for a long time for physical literacy to be put on a par with literacy and numeracy.

Our work with schools shows how a good quality Physical Education improves young people’s health and wellbeing and supports them to fulfil their potential. Through sport, young people learn fundamental life skills and develop character and confidence. These are all things no young person should miss out on.

“To turn these positive words into action it will be vital that Government's new School Sport Action Plan sets out a long-term, joined up approach which reverses cuts to PE and maximises the potential of sport and play to improve children’s wellbeing and life chances.”

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