Youth Sport Trust Chair Baroness Sue Campbell has today launched the charity's 'Unlocking Potential' manifesto for PE and school sport which sets out where action is required by any future Government to tackle the growing physical inactivity crisis.
Baroness Campbell launched the manifesto at a special reception at the House of Lords where she urged a joined-up, cross departmental, approach to PE and physical activity by the education, health and sport sectors in order to reverse current trends.
The Youth Sport Trust manifesto calls for:
- More time for higher quality PE- to ensure all young people are physically literate and can move competently and confidently
- Physical activity opportunities to be embedded into every school day- to ensure every child has the opportunity to live a healthy, active lifestyle
- Sustained competitive sport inschools- to ensure sport remains at the heart of a young person's life
Baroness Sue Campbell said:
"Reversing the growing levels of physical inactivity amongst young people is a seismic challenge. With one in three children leaving primary school obese or overweight, and less than one in five meeting the minimum recommended guidelines for physical activity, it is a bleak and worrying picture.
"At the Youth Sport Trust we believe every child has a right to access high quality physical education and school sport. By making this a priority area, the next Government has an opportunity to improve our nations' health, education and sporting prospects.
"Our manifesto demonstrates how PE, school sport and physical activity improves physical health; boosts mental health and builds resilience; creates active habits for life and boosts academic achievement.
"We have set out where we believe any future Government should focus its efforts if we are to stand any real chance of reversing the worrying trends that are leading to increasing sedentary lifestyles amongst young people."
The summary of the Youth Sport Trust's asks from a future Government are:
- Make sure every child receives five hours of high quality PE, sport and broader physical activity at school every week - including at least two hours of high quality PE per week
- Provide better initial training in PE for teachers
- Ensure every school has a Head of PE or equivalent
- Ensure every school has programmes to engage the least active
- Advocate the role of schools in supporting the physical health and emotional wellbeing of pupils
- Include children's physical activity indications in the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF)
- Ensure all young people have the opportunity to participate in competitive sport as a participant, volunteer or leader
- Introduce a mandatory children's coaching qualification
- Develop a clear pathway for talented young people
To read the Youth Sport Trust manifesto click here