AfPE has recently responded to an article released by BBC News – ‘How Can the UK’s Inactivity Crisis be Tackled’. The article examines inactivity amongst adults and children, which is at a record high, with more than 25% of adults deemed to be inactive. Over 50% of children and young people are also not meeting the chief medical officer’s guidance of 60 minutes of weekly activity.
The organisation highlighted that a better standard of PE and sport for primary and secondary schools needed to be created. They also stressed the following recommendations to tackle inactivity by meeting the goals of making 1 million more adults and 2.5 million children active by 2030.
- Offering greater support to schools with vulnerable children in deprived areas
- Making PE a priority as a core subject
- Setting aside designated time for PE in the school timetable
- Greater commitment to sport and PE to create better access for deprived families
- Additional measures to ensure schools have the resources and facilities to provide their PESSPA offer
AfPE stressed their support for the government’s Get Active strategy and calls for the improvement in physical activity levels. However, they added that a coordinated approach across departments and organisations was necessary to deliver an approach that works for all.
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