Get Active: a strategy for the future of sport and physical activity.'

Earlier this week, the Government released its new Sport Strategy: ‘Get Active: a strategy for the future of sport and physical activity.’ The Strategy sets out an aspiration to use the power of sport and being physically active to improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, as well as introducing ambitious national participation targets for children and adults.

You can read it in full here.

Key announcements within the Strategy include:

Increasing children and young people’s physical activity levels

The Strategy contains a core ambition for one million more children and young people to be physically active by 2030. This will be supported by a new national campaign, activity to raise awareness of the Chief Medical Officers’ recommendation that children and young people should be active for 60 minutes each day, and specific engagement led by Sport England to understand barriers for under-represented groups.

Reviewing school sport provision to inform a new national scheme

There will be an evaluation of School Games Organisers, which will assess how the programme supports children and young people to be active, as well as how it connects schools and school trusts with the wider sports community. This forms part of a broader review into sport in school (excluding PE), which will include learnings from the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) and Opening School Facilities (OSF) programmes. The review will report back by the end of the 2023/24 academic year to inform the development of a new National Sport Participation Scheme. This scheme will be designed to improve connections between schools and clubs, drive up standards and consistency of coaching, and support teachers whilst simplifying the information that schools receive.

A Task Force to drive effective working across government

A new National Physical Activity Task Force will be created and challenged to ensure tackling inactivity is at the forefront of government decision making. The Task Force will bring together government departments, arm’s length bodies and representatives from the sector to work together, review progress and shape policy development. It will be led by the Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer, Sport Minister Stuart Andrew, and former England rugby international Ugo Monye.

The YST's full response to the strategy can be found here.

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