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Children: Sports

Department for Education written question – answered on 4th November 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Labour, East Ham

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the role that summer holiday clubs play in supporting the ambition set out in the Government's School Sport and Activity Action Plan to help children undertake more physical activity.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The Government’s School Sport and Activity Action Plan, published in July, provides children with a greater opportunity to do 60 minutes of sport and physical activity every day inside and outside school. The Department is investing £2.5 million in 2019-20 to support schools to improve their physical education and school sport offer to pupils, including helping schools to open up their facilities beyond the school day.

The £320 million PE and Sport Premium supports primary schools to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of their physical education, physical activity and sport including extra-curricular activities after school and holiday clubs.

In addition, the Government’s Holiday Activities and Food programme aims to provide children with access to free healthy food and enriching activities over the summer, including physical activity. In 2019, the Department invested £9 million in 11 local authority areas and have just launched a bidding round for a further £9 million for 2020.

The Department has commissioned an independent evaluation of the 2019 programme which will report early next year.

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