In reaction to the news that the Government has announced major funding to improve school sports and set out new standards for equal access to sports, we believe that this commitment will be crucial in helping schools to plan for more effective PE delivery.
The news announced on International Women’s Day includes a two-year £600million commitment to the PE and Sport Premium, the expansion of the School Games Mark to reward parity of provision to girls, and the delivery of a minimum 2 hours of curricular PE.
Laurence York, our head of growth comments: “We welcome today’s announcement as it rightly spotlights on the critical need to enhance school sporting provision.
“A big challenge for schools has been the inability to plan appropriately for their PE provision. To see the PE and Sport Premium funding extended from one year to two will enable schools to make more strategic long-term decisions.
“This will improve provision by offering stability, consistency and an opportunity to align PE more closely with the school’s overall ethos or health and wellbeing agenda.
“Having access to equal, high-quality sporting opportunities from a young age is fundamental to children leading healthier lives. This not only benefits their physical and mental wellbeing but will ultimately put less pressure on the NHS in the years ahead.”
We strive to offer equal sporting opportunities across our curricular PE, clubs and holiday camps. In 2022, of our 36,000+ participants, 45% were female, 53% male, and 2% non-binary across all activities.
Our advice for schools looking to better spend their Sport Premium: