MPs call on the Government to launch a nationwide campaign to get children active again
Posted: Tue, 03 Aug 2021 13:11
The Government must renew efforts to get people exercising, concludes a Report by the DCMS Committee, after indications that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused weight gain and a fall in activity levels in children.
MPs say data from Sport England which showed 100,000 fewer children met the recommended level of activity in 2020 than in 2019 is 'of significant concern'. The DCMS Committee's Report into Sport in our communities recommends the Government launch a sports equivalent to the 5 A Day campaign before the end of the year to educate children on the 60 minutes of activity per day recommended by the Chief Medical Officer. The Report warns of the yet unknown impact of the third lockdown on people's fitness and urges the Government and Sport England to pre-empt consequences with a 'Work Out to Help Out' campaign.
MPs heard how the Covid-19 pandemic left grassroots sports finances in a 'precarious' situation, with several clubs at serious risk of closing. Witnesses told the inquiry that the pre-existing 'facilities crisis' and lack of financial reserves were compounded with the impacts of the pandemic such as a declining membership, volunteer workforce and loss of important venue hire revenue. To ensure the long-term survival of the sector, MPs call for the Government, Sport England, UK Sport and the National Lottery to revise funding models to enable accumulation of greater reserves.
From UK Parliament.