Last month, the Open Doors Blueprint programme was launched to help unlock UK’s school sports facilities. A collaboration between ukactive and Nike, the programme will focus on giving all children and young people access to activities and food outside of school hours.
School facilities represent around 40% of sports facilities available. The model is designed to unlock those local facilities that can support children and young people’s physical, mental, and social wellbeing.
A three-year partnership was agreed upon to expand the model beyond London and Birmingham where it was originally trialled. The model itself proved successful as guidance aimed at schools, local authorities, and active delivery partners.
The aim of the programme is to target marginalised children and young people and get them into sport and physical activity over the holidays. It has been championed by Nike athlete and Iron Man John McAvoy to help change the existing policies for out-of-school provisions. He added:
“We are delighted to launch the Open Doors Blueprint resource. This has been produced off the back of the successful delivery of the Open Doors programme which has given us some key learnings that we want to share across the sectors to help even more schools open during out-of-school hours to provide positive experiences for young people.”
To find out more about the programme, see here.