Sporting Future aims to reshape the policy approach to sport around not only physical wellbeing, but also individual, social, community, and economic development, and mental wellbeing. Organisations who deliver on these goals may be eligible to funding as a result, with provision also being supported by local authorities.
One aim is for all to be engaged in sport in some way, be it participating, volunteering, or spectating. To help with this Sport England now invests in children’s sport and out of school activity from the age of 5. Inactivity is also being tackled for groups where this is more common, for example those in a lower socioeconomic position, the elderly, and those with disabilities. UK Sport and Sport England also invest in supporting success in sporting competitions both domestically and internationally, following Great Britain’s successes at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The third aim is to support a more productive, sustainable and responsible sport sector, including diversifying representation and adopting sustainable business models. The impact of some of the Sporting Future strategies are being measured by the Active Lives survey currently collecting data from adults across the UK, but soon being rolled out to 5-15 year olds as well.
One issue highlighted in the report is the need for children and young people to have a positive experience of physical activity and sport. As such Sport England have invested in research to support this endeavour. They also support cover of physical education (PE) in schools, and swimming and cycling initiatives to help instill these skills. In addition, as part of the plan to tackle obesity there is a need to support the 30 minutes physical activity in and 30 minutes out of school.
The Primary PE and Sport Premium were set up to improve and broaden provision of physical activity. The Department for Education (DfE) are working with schools to ensure this is properly allocated, and helping them get proof of the value of the spending of this. There is also worthwhile investment in programmes to ensure that an interest in sport is continued through the transition to secondary school.
“Evolve has always used sport as part of a much broader range of interventions to deliver health, education and personal development objectives. For for too long, sport policy has been focussed on participation figures and not the effect that involvement has from individual, regional and national perspectives.
Through Project HE:RO and XLR8 programmes, we have shown what can be achieved when key features of sports participation are used within a more holistic and purposeful framework and we welcome these proposals outlined within Sporting Future.”
– John Bishop, Evolve Managing Director
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