Sports: Children

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 7th December 2017.

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Photo of Alex Norris Alex Norris Labour/Co-operative, Nottingham North

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to increase the provision of organised sport for children outside schools.

Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

We are committed to ensuring that all children and young people, particularly those who are currently least active or from under-represented groups, have the best opportunities to engage in sport and physical activity. We are continuing to invest over £17 million annually in the School Games to ensure that children of all abilities are able to access high quality organised sport.

Sport England is planning to invest £28m into Satellite Clubs between 2017-2021 to provide children and young people with opportunities to take part in sport outside of curriculum time. And through its new Families Fund, Sport England will be investing up to £40m into projects, which offer new opportunities for families with children to get active and play sport together. Sport England will also invest up to £3 million of National Lottery money through its new Potentials Fund which will support projects for young people (from ages 10 to 20) involved in social action and volunteering using sport and physical activity. This campaign is match-funded by the #iwill fund.

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