LGA responds to Sport England Children and Young People Survey

“The survey results are concerning, and highlight the importance of helping children to be active during this period to support their physical and mental wellbeing. Councils are working hard to keep parks and green spaces open and available for this, and by implementing active travel routes to support safe cycling and walking.”


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Responding to Sport England’s latest Children and Young People Survey, showing activity levels fell in 2019/20, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, said:

“The survey results are concerning, and highlight the importance of helping children to be active during this period to support their physical and mental wellbeing. Councils are working hard to keep parks and green spaces open and available for this, and by implementing active travel routes to support safe cycling and walking.

“As we look beyond the pandemic, public leisure facilities will have a key role to play in supporting people to return to activity. We are calling on Government to extend the National Leisure Recovery Fund to ensure this crucial infrastructure is ready.”