Schools: Sports

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 19th December 2017.

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Photo of Rupa Huq Rupa Huq Labour, Ealing Central and Acton

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to encourage children to participate in sport.

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. Sport England has committed up to £194 million of investment into children and young people over the next four years, which includes the Families Fund: up to £40 million which will be invested in projects that offer new opportunities for families with children to do sport and physical activity together.

Through the primary PE and sport premium, the government has invested over £600m of ring-fenced funding to primary schools to improve PE and sport since 2013. This funding is provided directly to schools to drive additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer. But we know there is more to do, which is why we have doubled funding for the Premium from £160m to £320m a year, using revenue from the soft drinks industry levy. The proceeds of the levy will also provide £100m funding for the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund in 2018-19, which will help pupils to benefit from healthier, more active lifestyles.

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