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Activities leaders call for the government to work with the sector to tackle inactivity amongst children and young people

January 11, 2024

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Activities leaders have sent an open letter to the government, appealing to them to work with the sector to tackle inactivity amongst children and young people. New evidence gathered by Sport England has found that over half of young people aren’t reaching their recommended daily activity levels set by the Chief Medical Officer.

Last year’s Active Lives survey shows that inequalities continue to widen based on gender, geography, ethnicity, and affluence. Girls, poorer families and minorities are still likely to be less active than their affluent counterparts. The sector has again called for action on physical activity for the sake of the youngest in society’s mental and physical health.

The sector has stressed the necessity of building positive active habits in young people as a precursor for the future. On average, active children are happier and less lonely, and continue to pursue activity as adults if they’ve had positive experiences as young people.

At last year’s count over 4000 hours of Physical Education lost throughout the year.

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