Urgent Action: Cost of living support for schools to keep young people active

We are deeply concerned about the cost-of-living crisis compounding the already significant impact of COVID-19 on young people’s health and happiness. We want to support schools to do what they can in such challenging times.

The Youth Sport Trust Annual Conference 2023: The power of PE, sport and play to improve mental health will offer us a chance to collaborate on the challenges facing our young people. For more information about Conference, please click here.

Active in Mind is a targeted programme for young people with mental wellbeing issues in secondary schools. It supports young people to transform their mindset through physical activity, peer and athlete mentoring. 

In support of Children’s Mental Health Week, the Youth Sport Trust is offering secondary schools in England the opportunity to sign up to this programme and training for free. There are two offers schools can apply for. To find out more about them and the accompanying free resources, please click here.

On this page you can also find:

You can also go here to see the latest research and evidence related to the impact of the cost of living crisis.

85% of parents and carers are concerned about the impact of the cost-of-living increases on their family

27% have struggled with the cost of sports kit over the last year – c. 450,000 more children than are in receipt of Free School Meals

Only 44.6% of young people meet the CMO's recommended minimum daily physical activity level of 60 minutes

Free Resources

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60 Second Physical Activity Challenges

A fun ‘compete against yourself’ approach to physical activity with a focus on resilience and perseverance and the aim to achieve bronze, silver or gold medal targets.

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SEND PE Activities

PE resources to support in-school and remote learning for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) or those attending Alternative Provision schools.

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Primary PE Activities

Whether you’re a teacher in school, teaching remotely, or a parent or carer supporting home learning, here you will find our free PE, physical activity, sport and wellbeing resources.

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Secondary (KS3) PE Activities

Each #ThisIsPE secondary PE activity comes with a downloadable learning card outlining what space and equipment is needed, personal and physical learning outcomes, guidance on adapting the activity to make it harder or easier and some questions to consider.

The four resource sets featured above were originally released in 2020 as part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but have continued to be amongst the most popular on our website, with over 10,000 downloads across the 2021/22 academic year.

Click on any of the resources listed to find out more about what's included or click here to see our full range of free content.

Additional support for those in Scotland is available here.