Sport Sector Response to School Sport and Activity Action Plan

July 2019

At a time of declining levels of well-being and when one third of children are inactive, young people are in dire need of a long-term, joined-up approach to youth sport.

As a unified community of organisations passionate about physical education and school sport and dedicated to supporting its delivery, we recognise that ministers have worked over the last few months to deliver on the commitment made last year to develop a cross-government School Sport Action Plan.

School Sport and Activity Action Plan

Today’s announcement sets out some encouraging intentions and acknowledges the absolute priority of getting every young person enjoying 60 active minutes every day. It is positive that some of our asks of the action plan are reflected in this announcement, however, it is also important that further policy change is brought forward. To that end, the sector will convene in the early autumn to explore how we can best engage with and support the plan’s implementation. We look forward to working with Sport England and all three government departments at what will be an exciting forum.

With a new Prime Minister due to come into post, it will be vital that this commitment to the importance of school sport, physical activity and physical education survives and transcends any forthcoming reshuffle. Of course, the success of the School Sport Action Plan will ultimately hinge on how it is resourced and delivered and to achieve significant change it will require improved support for school sport in the government’s next spending review.

As a sector we welcome the update on this plan and look forward to building on it as part of a longer-term government commitment to a Youth Charter.

Signed by:
Martin Glenn, CEO, Football Association
Tom Harrison, CEO, England & Wales Cricket Board
Scott Lloyd, CEO, Lawn Tennis Association
Bill Sweeney , CEO, Rugby Football Union
Ralph Rimmer, CEO, Rugby Football League
Jo Adams, CEO England Netball
Sally Munday, CEO, England Hockey
Chris Jones, CEO, England Athletics
Jane Nickerson, CEO, Swim England
Julie Harrington, CEO, British Cycling
Adrian Christy, CEO, Badminton England
Andrew Scoular, CEO, British Judo Association
Dan Newton, Dev Director, Rounders England
Andy Parkinson, CEO, British Rowing
Ashley Metcalfe, CEO, British Weight Lifting
Brendon Pyle, CEO, Golf Foundation
Chris Ratcliffe, CEO, Boccia England
David Joy, CEO, British Canoeing
David Meli, CEO, England Handball Association
Eugene Minogue, CEO, Parkour UK
Georgina Usher, CEO, British Fencing
Gethin Jenkins, CEO, England Boxing
Janet Inman, CEO, Volleyball England
John Boyd, CEO, Baseball UK
Peter Hart, CEO, British Orienteering
Simon Hill, CEO, UK Ultimate Ltd
Lisa Pearce, CEO, GB Wheelchair Basketball
Ali Oliver, CEO, Youth Sport Trust
Lisa Wainwright, CEO, Sport & Recreation Alliance
Sue Wilkinson, CEO, Association for Physical Education
Lee Mason, CEO, Active Partnerships
Barry Horne, CEO, Activity Alliance
Arun Kang, CEO, Sporting Equals
Mark Gannon, CEO, UK Coaching
Tara Dillon, CEO, CIMSPA
Wendy Hawk, Interim CEO, Women in Sport
Laura Cordingley, CEO, Chance to Shine
John Herriman, CEO, Greenhouse Sports
Sarah Mortiboys, Sport for Development Coalition Manager