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 effectiveness of holiday clubs in (a) helping children remain physically active outside of school terms and (b) reducing childhood obesity.

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

The activities on offer at clubs funded through our Holiday Activities and Food programme will vary but our minimum standards set out that they must deliver activities that meet physical activity guidelines; provide food which meets School Food Standards; and provide nutritional education. The independent evaluation of our 2019 programme will be published in 2020.

The Government’s School Sport and Activity Action Plan, published in July 2019, sets out the cross-government action plan to provide children with greater opportunity to do 60 minutes of sport and physical activity every day, inside and outside school.

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