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Source: Women in Sport May 22

https://www.womeninsport.org/press-release/big-sister-aims-to-break-down-the-barriers-to-teenage-girls-exercising/

 

A new programme designed to provide a supportive space for teenage girls has launched to help girls find and reclaim the joy of sport and exercise during puberty. Big Sister provides girls with an extensive range of resources and support – created and shaped by other girls – to enable them to find out about the changes that happen to their bodies whil

Source: Youth Sport Trust 03.05.22

https://www.youthsporttrust.org/news-insight/news/charity-campaign-aims-to-get-1-million-children-doing-school-sport

 

The Youth Sport Trust is asking teachers, parents, and organisations across the UK to help every child find a place to belong on National School Sport Week this summer.

The UK is facing a ‘new pandemic’ of loneliness, rising mental health needs and childhood inactivity. In a bid to get more young people to have fun doing sport and find their pl

Source: International Journal of Environment Research and Public Health

https://twitter.com/LydiaCollison/status/1511282272133132295

 

 

New paper published last week ‘Children’s voices in physical activity research: a qualitative review and synthesis of UK children’s perspectives’. https://mdpi-res.com/d_attachment/ijerph/ijerph-19-03993/article_deploy/ijerph-19-03993.pdf

 

We sought to understand what is currently known about 1) why children think physical activity is important, 2) the factors

Source: Youth Sport Trust 25.03.22

https://www.youthsporttrust.org/news-insight/news/mps-debate-making-pe-a-core-subject

 

MPs have debated making PE a core subject in Westminster this week. It comes as Ofsted recently released its report reviewing what good PE teaching should include.

In the debate MP Edward Timpson made the case for a move towards PE becoming a core subject.

Youth Sport Trust research conducted in 2018 was referenced as evidence showing the whistle has been blown on PE time ag

Source: Sport England 01.03.22

https://www.sportengland.org/news/new-funding-school-games-reach-disadvantaged-young-people

 

As part of Sport England’s commitment to support the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the organisation is investing £2m of National Lottery funds to help the 450 School Games Organisers reach 19,000 schools across the country.

The School Games will be delivering the United by Birmingham 2022’s mission to improve the health and wellbeing of young people, using inspiratio

Source: Youth Sport Trust 22.02.22

https://www.youthsporttrust.org/news-insight/news/charity-releases-annual-impact-report

https://www.youthsporttrust.org/news-insight/research/impact-report-2021

 

Young people reported feeling happier, more confident, and more physically active after participating in programmes run by the Youth Sport Trust, last year. The charity’s 2021 annual Impact Report also shows the positive impact its programmes had on young people’s communication, teamworking and leader

Source: Activity Alliance 17.02.22

https://www.activityalliance.org.uk/news/6910-new-activity-cards-deliver-inclusive-challenging-and-fun-pe-sessions

 

The Activity Alliance and partners have released a series of inclusive PE activity cards for teachers and school staff. The cards are jam-packed with fun games and activities, and support teachers to ensure their PE sessions are inclusive and accessible for all school pupils.

Created with the PE curriculum in mind, the games and activities are de

Source:Gov.uk 16.02.22

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/physical-activity-guidelines-for-disabled-children-and-disabled-young-people-methodology/uk-chief-medical-officers-physical-activity-guidelines-for-disabled-children-and-disabled-young-people-methodology

infographic-physical-activity-for-disabled-children-and-disabled-young-people.pdf

 

The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) has published the UK Chief Medical Officers’ physical activity guidelines for disabled ch

Source: Activity Alliance 20.01.22

https://www.activityalliance.org.uk/news/6793-sense-report-aims-to-understand-physical-activity-needs-of-families#:~:text=Sense%20report%20aims%20to%20understand%20physical%20activity%20needs%20of%20families,-20%20January%202022&text=The%20new%20report%20from%20Sense,activity%20for%20children%20%26%20young%20people.

https://www.sense.org.uk/get-support/arts-sport-and-wellbeing/sense-sport/our-programme/

 

A new report Understanding the physical activity needs o

Source: Gov.UK 11.01.22

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/physical-activity-data-tool-january-2022-update/physical-activity-data-tool-statistical-commentary-january-2022

 

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: Gov.uk 21.12.21

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/holiday-activities-and-food-programme/holiday-activities-and-food-programme-2021

 

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: Young Peoples Health 14.12.21

https://www.youngpeopleshealth.org.uk/what-are-health-inequalities-and-why-do-they-matter-for-young-people

 

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 09.12.21

https://www.sportengland.org/news/coronavirus-challenges-highlight-importance-physical-activity-and-sport-children

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

Source: Active your class EU Nov 2021

https://www.activateyourclass.eu/

Activate_Curriculum_digital.pdf

 

A new European physically active learning (PAL) teacher training curriculum has been launched. The curriculum has been developed as part of a six nation partnership project, called ACTivate. The objective of the project is to co-create, with teachers and other school stakeholders, an innovative European-wide open access PAL education programme, web portal and community of practice.

The curri

Source: Youth Sport Trust 06.10.21

https://www.youthsporttrust.org/news-insight/news/children-feeling-fitter-and-stronger-as-schools-put-physical-activity-at-heart-of-learning

 

Children across the country have reported feeling fitter and stronger - not just physically but mentally - since returning to a more active way of learning following a year of disruption.

A group of ten schools across the UK have been working with children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust to introduce and evaluate ‘Active

Source: Youth Sport Trust 11.10.21

https://www.youthsporttrust.org/news-insight/news/three-year-trend-of-girls-reporting-same-barriers-to-physical-activity-in-schools

 

Periods, low confidence, and other people watching. New data has shown that girls are continuing to report the same barriers to physical activity in schools.

Data from the Youth Sport Trust’s Girls Active programme over the last three years has revealed the barriers remain the same, but periods have become a bigger concern for gi

Source: Sport England 29.09.2021

https://www.sportengland.org/news/new-video-pe-classes-teenage-girls

 

 A new video-on-demand platform is hoping to inspire teenage girls to get active through fun PE lessons. This Girl Can’s Studio You launches today and aims to increase the number of teenage girls meeting the Chief Medical Officer’s guideline level of physical activity for their age.

Currently 57% of girls aged 13-16 are not meeting the guidelines, with a 52.9% citing a lack of confidence and 5

Source: Sustrans.org 27.09.21

https://www.sustrans.org.uk/our-blog/news/2021/september/survey-reveals-just-2-of-uk-pupils-currently-cycle-to-school/

 

Figures released by Sustrans to mark this year's Bike to School Week reveal that only 2% of children cycle to school, but many more wish they could.

Sustrans commissioned a UK-wide YouGov survey of 1,305 children aged 6-15 to find out about their journey to and from school. The survey found that just 2% of pupils actually travel by bike, but 14% w

Source: Gov.uk 23.07.2021

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rediscover-summer-activity-booklet

Redicover_Summer_activity_booklet.pdf

The Rediscover Summer home activity booklet provides primary school age children with free and fun ideas and activities to do, both at home and outside, with friends and families this summer.

It aims to inspire children and families to get out and about, and make the most of the summer safely. With this in mind, some of the activities may, depending on the

Source: Gov.uk 29.07.2021

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-mental-health-and-wellbeing-surveillance-report

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-mental-health-and-wellbeing-surveillance-report/1-about-this-report

 

This report is about population mental health and wellbeing in England during the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes up-to-date information to inform policy, planning and commissioning in health and social care. It is designed to assist stakeholders at nat