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Source: Gov.UK 11.01.22



New data on children and young people’s physical activity in 2020 to 2021 has been added to the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities' Physical Activity Tool which includes related risk factors and conditions such as obesity and diabetes.

The data shows that activity levels remain down compared to pre-pandemic b

Source: UK Active 12.01.22



A new report published by ukactive ‘Leading the Change: social prescribing within the fitness and leisure sector’, calls for the Government and its agencies to realise the potential of fitness and leisure facilities to support people through social p

Source: The Physiological Society / Centre for Ageing Better - Dec 2021

National-Post-Pandemic-Resilience-Programme_Dec 2021.pdf


The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a huge toll on lives and livelihoods in the UK and across the world. In addition to the direct consequences through lives lost and debilitating effects of Long COVID, the pandemic and lockdowns will have longterm effects on an array of public health issues. While the Omicron variant may yet require additional restrictions to be reintro

Source: NHS 24.12.21

B1160 - 2022-23 priorities and operational planning guidance_24 December 2021.pdf

Briefing ICS Timetable_.pdf

In 2022/23 the NHS will continue to rise to the challenges of restoring services, meeting the new care demands and reducing the care backlogs that are a direct consequence of
the pandemic. While the future pattern of COVID-19 transmission and the resulting demands on the NHS remain uncertain, we know we need to continue to increase our
capacity and resilience to delive

Source: British Blind Sport 10.01.21



As with many other sport and physical activity providers, the Coronavirus pandemic encouraged British Blind Sport (BBS) to adapt its services and explore the world of online workout classes. BBS's audio-led sessions, developed in collaboration with inclusive providers, have helped blind and partially sighted people keep active from their homes during the pandemic and have continued to be enjoyed by people a

Source: Sport England 10.01.22



Sport England has launched a new £5 million fund to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee which aims to use sport and physical activity to bring communities together and tackle inequalities. The £5 million fund is part of more than £22 million of investment from the National Lottery in schemes across various sectors that will celebrate the Queen’s 70 years of service.

The fund will make

Source: NCSEM 11.01.22



Mental health awareness for sport and physical activity - Feedback form Andrea Vincze.docx

A joint report from the Sport for Development Coalition and Mind has recommended initiating a new cross-Government strategy to strengthen the use of physical activity and sport to support mental health and wellbeing following the Covid-19 pandemic.

The ‘M

Source: Active Partnerships 05.01.22




UK Coaching and Thomas Pocklington Trust urge leisure and sports providers to make their facilities more accessible to visually impaired people and have just launched free training to show them how to do just that.

The new toolkit, Inclusive facilities: Su

Source: Women in Sport Dec 2021



Women in Sport is calling for an independent body to ensure adequate safeguarding and duty of care for everyone involved in sport. The organisation states most victims of the many reported serious allegations of sexual, emotional, and physical abuse in sport are women or minors and is indicative of a structural and cultural problem in sport.

Women is Sp

Source: Sport England 21.12.21



UK Sport and home nations sports councils have issued a statement on the progress made to make sport and physical activity more inclusive and reflective of UK society, following the publication of the Tackling Racism and Racial Inequality in Sport report in June 2021. The report found that racism existed in UK sport and resulted in ethnically diverse communities and individual

Source: Gov.uk 21.12.21



The holiday activities and food programme (HAF) which supports children in receipt of free school meals through holiday periods was successfully rolled out across England in 2021, following a successful pilot. In October 2021, the government increased funding by over £200 million per year over the next 3 financial years. The funding is to help loca

Source: Gov.uk 04.01.22



A new Better Health marketing campaign has been launched by the Department of Health and Social care to support people to lose weight to prevent risks of developing serious illness and help reduce the risk of being hospitalised with COVID-19. Better Health is working with 15 weight management and physical activity partners who are providing free and discounted offer

Source: Young Peoples Health 14.12.21



According to the Association of Young People’s Health, Covid-19 has exacerbated health inequalities amongst young people in the UK, with those from disadvantaged backgrounds or minority groups being disproportionately affected. Young people have experienced huge upheavals during this period, with unprecedented changes to education, university, employm

Source: Sport England 14.12.21


Sport England Field Tables 19_20.pdf

Sport England regional breakdown.pdf


New statistics show that Sport England, has continued to protect and improve playing fields across the country as part of its mission to get the nation more active.

The protection of playing fields is a key part of Sport England’s remit as a statutory consultee on planning applications. As part of

Source: UK Active 14.12.21




ukactive and Sport England have announced plans to design a new knowledge programme to help fitness and leisure operators improve their digital maturity and effectiveness, in respon

Source: Activity Alliance 10.12.21



Activity Alliance's Get Out Get Active programme has launched a new Volunteer Management Toolkit, in partnership with Volunteering Matters. It provides organisations with a step-by-step guide to building an inclusive volunteer programme.

The Toolkit features a roadmap and resources on how to deliver an inclusive and accessible volunteer journey. Topics i

Source: Sport England 06.12.21



This Girl Can is launching a new range of group exercise classes. The national campaign, which encourages women to be active in any way that works for them, has teamed up with EMD UK – the national governing body for group exercise – to offer lower intensity, fun and supportive sessions for women who may otherwise not feel comfortable attending group exercise classes.

More than 1,500 peo

Source: Greenspace Scotland Dec 2021


Greenspace Scotland Report.pdf


A new report, ‘The State of the UK Public Parks’, published by the Association for Public Service Excellence, finds that from 2010 onwards parks budgets have reduced by £690 million, leading to industry calls to stem this decline and leverage new investment in these valuable local community assets. With local counc

Source: Ramblers.org 06.12.21



New statistics revealed by the Ramblers show the value we are placing on getting fresh air and enjoying being out in nature through walking this winter.

As we go into another festive season overshadowed by the threat of Covid-19 and other seasonal viruses, getting some fresh air is the most popular motivating reason for walking for leisure -- it was cited by seven ou

Source: Sport England 09.12.21


Active Lives Children and Young People Survey Academic Year 2020-21 Report.pdf


Sport England’s latest Active Lives Children and Young People Survey report evidences the benefits on mental health and loneliness. Existing inequalities have widened, and new issues have arisen with boys losing active habits.

Children and young people’s activity levels co