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£2m physical activity funding boost to benefit 19,000 schools

School Games Organisers will use data to identify areas where children need the most support to get active (Image: Sport England)
The School Games network has been given a £2m funding boost in order to get disadvantaged young people more physically active at 19,000 schools across England.
 
The 450 School Games organisers within the network will use the funding to deliver activities to improve the health and wellbeing of young people, using inspiration from this summer’s Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Each organiser will use local data and insight to identify the inequalities faced by young people in different areas and ensure those who need it most, get help to be active.
 
Ali Oliver, CEO of the Youth Sport Trust, which delivers the School Games projects, is excited by what the investment can help achieve.
 
“It’s amazing that the School Games will be able to further its existing offer to local schools thanks to the boost behind United by Birmingham 2022 inspired activities,” Oliver said. “Young people, especially those facing inequalities, need the support of physical activity more than ever after the pandemic.
 
“With the inspiration from the upcoming Games plus the additional funding from Sport England, we are able to give even more children and young people the opportunity to participate in physical activity and to develop their skills and improve health and wellbeing.”
 
The £2m investment is part of Sport England’s strategy to create a lasting sporting legacy from the 2022 Commonwealth Games. 
 
Sport England CEO Tim Hollingsworth said: “Our research shows that giving children positive and fun experiences of sport and activity at a young age builds lifelong healthy habits. And the joy and excitement around the Commonwealth Games is sure to inspire children all over the country.
 
“The next step is to take that inspiration and turn it into participation. We’re delighted to be supporting the School Games to ensure that all children have the opportunity to get active, helping our future generation to be happier and healthier.”
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