On September 25th, more than 130 people from 70 organisations gathered in Birmingham for the School Sport & Activity Sector partnership summit. The event began in 2019 in response to the government’s School Sport & Activity Action Plan. It offers a collective response and voice for the future of physical activity and sport in schools.
Alison Oliver, CEO of Youth Sport Trust, highlighted the importance of the Get Active Strategy and the need to provide consistent physical activity in schools. A keynote from Sally Bacon OBE from the Cultural Learning Alliance offered a proposed shared partnership in the art and cultural sector. She focused on offering an alternative to STEM subjects and the importance of building the four key ‘C’ elements for sector support.
The event also included a discussion on the struggles of early learners and the importance of improving their wellbeing through physical activity. The importance of young voices was stressed if the sector is to build successful activity-based programmes in keeping with the Olympic legacy.
Both the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and the Department of Education were in attendance on the day.
To find out more about the insights from the day, see here.