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Tags: School Sport

Why we need more than sugar tax to make sport more egalitarian

Posted: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:03

Why we need more than sugar tax to make sport more egalitarian

In his latest article Journalist Tim Wigmore argues that cash from the Sugar Levy will not be enough to shift the imbalance in elite sport dominance of our national teams.

Andy Reed agrees. "The money of course will be welcome but it has to come with a political shift at the top which makes it clear sport, PE and physical activity are central to education and wellbeing, which will lead to the prioritisation of increased time at schools to give every child the chance to find an activity which suits them. It creates healthy schools with emotional and physical wellbeing.

Tags: school sport, PE, public schools

Report finds Young People 'Priced Out of Sport'

Posted: Mon, 07 Dec 2015 14:30

Report finds Young People 'Priced Out of Sport'

Young people are being squeezed out of sport because a third live in poverty and the cost of taking part is too high, according to a study. Schools could help by opening facilities to community groups out of hours, it says.

The National Association of Head Teachers said tight budgets saw many schools already hiring out their sites. London School of Economics researchers studied sports provision in five poor areas in England and Wales.

Tags: Sport, Physical Activity, sport policy, participation, School Sport

Sport Wales School Sport Survey

Posted: Fri, 16 Oct 2015 10:39

Sport Wales School Sport Survey

The findings of a survey carried out by Sport Wales are published. The study surveyed 116,000 children across over 1,000 schools on their views on sport and taking part.

Tags: Sport, Physical Activity, participation, School Sport

House of Lords Debate on Sport Strategy

Posted: Fri, 16 Oct 2015 09:59

House of Lords Debate on Sport Strategy

Lord Moynihan led this short debate on government sport strategy in the wake of the recent DCMS consultation, the debate was held on Thursday 15th of October and covered an expansive range of sport policy areas.

Tags: Sport, Physical Activity, sport policy, participation, legacy, Health, DCMS, School Sport, sport england, Funding, UK Sport

Major Parties Release Election Manifestos

Posted: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:10

Major Parties Release Election Manifestos

The major political parties this week unveiled their election manifestos. While none of the documents dedicates substantial space to sport policy, a variety of issues are mentioned including school sport, for which the Conservatives and Labour Party pledge to achieve a minimum of 2 hours physical education and sport per week for every pupil. The Labour and Liberal Democrat manifestos both state intentions to address the issue of supporter-influence with regards to football teams, while the Conservative Party reveals its ambition for the UK to host a team from one of the major American sports leagues.

http://www.libdems.org.uk/manifesto

http://www.labour.org.uk/manifesto

https://www.conservatives.com/manifesto.aspx

https://www.greenparty.org.uk/assets/files/manifesto/Green_Party_2015_General_Election_Manifesto.pdf

http://www.ukip.org/manifesto2015

Tags: Sport, Physical Activity, School Sport, participation, legacy, sport policy, Health, Football, PE, Funding

Sajid Javid Speech Launches DCMS report on sport policy and investment

Posted: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:49

Sajid Javid Speech Launches DCMS report on sport policy and investment

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid sets out his vision for the future of UK sport at the Centre for Social Justice. You can find the full speech here, along with a copy of the DCMS report: 'A Living Legacy: 2012 - 2015 Sport Policy and Investment'.

Tags: Sport, Physical Activity, School Sport, participation, legacy, sport policy, Health, sport england, DCMS, London 2012, Uksport, PE, Press Releases, Funding

'Physical Education Declaration' Launched by the Association for PE

Posted: Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:43

'Physical Education Declaration' Launched by the Association for PE

The Association for Physical Education (afPE), the only physical education subject association in the UK, has launched its 'Physical Education Declaration'. The Declaration is intended to be a 'simple and but powerful message everyone could commit to and promote'.

As one of the national partners on initiatives such as the Primary PE and Sport Premium and the review of GCSE and A level qualifications, afPE believes that collaboration will achieve the best outcomes for young people and is asking stakeholders to support the declaration.

Tags: Sport, Physical Activity, School Sport, sport policy, Health, PE, Press Releases

Roundtable event calls for more research into exercise and academic performance

Posted: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:35

Roundtable event calls for more research into exercise and academic performance

Demonstrating the additional benefits of physical activity – such as improvements in concentration and behaviour and body image – is one of the key pillars for boosting its presence in schools. That was one of the conclusions reached from a recent roundtable event hosted by Precor and chaired by UKActive CEO David Stalker (pictured), which brought together heads of leisure and education to debate challenges and recommendations for engaging young people in physical activity.

Tags: Sport, School Sport, Physical Activity, sport policy, Health, PE

UNESCO publishes new PE guidelines for policy makers

Posted: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:33

UNESCO publishes new PE guidelines for policy makers

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has called on governments to increase investment in physical education and school sport in order to make children more physically active.In a new document, entitled Quality Physical Education, Guidelines for Policy Makers, UNESCO addresses seven areas of "particular concern" identified last year in UNESCO's global review of the state of physical education.The seven areas include persistent gaps between PE policy and implementation; continuing deficiencies in curriculum time allocation; relevance and quality of PE curriculums; and the quality of initial teacher training programmes.

Tags: Sport, School Sport, Physical Activity, sport policy, Health, Press Releases

Labour Releases Document on Public Health Strategy

Posted: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:53

Labour Releases Document on Public Health Strategy

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has launched a document detailing the Labour Party's strategy on public health prior to the upcoming general election. The document covers a wide range of public health issues, including physical activity.

Tags: Sport, School Sport, Physical Activity, Health, sport policy, Press Releases

School teachers give their feedback on PE and school sport provisions

Posted: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:33

School teachers give their feedback on PE and school sport provisions

On average, schools are now offering under 2 hours of PE per week from key stages 1 -4, according to a report released today at the House of Commons.

Tags: School Sport, Physical Activity

Helen Grant emphasises the Government’s commitment to London 2012 Legacy in Ministerial Statement

Posted: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:30

Helen Grant emphasises the Government’s commitment to London 2012 Legacy in Ministerial Statement

Today Minister for Sport Helen Grant MP issued a written Ministerial Statement to provide an update on the progress the Government has made since hosting the Olympic Games in London.

Tags: London 2012, School Sport, Physical Activity, participation, legacy, Olympics, Sport England, Uk Sport

Culture, Media and Sport Committee Publish report on Women and Sport

Posted: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:09

Culture, Media and Sport Committee Publish report on Women and Sport

The first report of session 2014-15 has been published today by the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on Women and Sport. Chaired by John Whittingdale MP and including members of parliament Tracey Crouch, John Leech and Ben Bradshaw, this committee has produced an expansive document covering physical education in schools, facilities, participation, the relationship between women's sport and the media and issues surrounding sponsorship and prize-money for professional athletes.

Tags: Sport, School Sport, legacy, Physical Activity, participation, DCMS, sport policy, PE

Changing the Game for Girls

Posted: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:19

Changing the Game for Girls

The Youth Sport Trust report Getting Girls Active reveals findings from a successful, one-year pilot programme that boosted the confidence and body attitudes of the participants by engaging them in the decision-making process and incorporating their feedback into the physical education programmes in which they took part.

Tags: Sport, School Sport, Health, participation, Press Releases

Edward Timpson Gives Speech on School Sport at St George’s Park

Posted: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:11

Edward Timpson Gives Speech on School Sport at St George’s Park

On the 8th July the Children's Minister Edward Timpson addressed the Association for Physical Education (AfPE) at St George's Park, England's National Football Centre.

Tags: Sport, School Sport, legacy, Physical Activity, Health, participation, sport policy