THE CHALLENGE TO
GET CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ACTIVE
Too many children are physically inactive or drop out of sport as they get older.
Only one in five children aged 5 - 17 meet the Chief Medical Officer's guidelines of 60 minutes of activity each day
of children are not active enough during the school day. Government guidelines set out that children should get 30 minutes of their daily physical activity through the school day but only 28% of children do so.
They are even less likely to be active or play sport if they are:
Only 10% of girls aged 13-17 are active compared to 17% of boys.
FROM A LESS AFFLUENT FAMILY.
Over the course of a year, 24% of children from less affluent families take part in any competitive sport outside school compared to 41% of more affluent children.
FROM A BLACK, ASIAN OR MINORITY ASIAN BACKGROUND.
16% of teenagers from a South Asian background are part of a sports club, compared to 32% of White British young people the same age.
- Sport England (2017) Active People Survey.
- Sport England (2018) Active Lives Children and Young People Survey: Academic Year 2017/18
- Department for Culture, Media and Sport (2017 and 2018) Taking Part: England Child Survey 2017/18