Putting physical activity at the top of the government’s agenda
Last week, SLS headed to The Oval cricket ground for the first-ever General Election Sport and Physical Activity event hosted by the Sport and Recreation Alliance and ukactive, with sponsorship from SLS.
With representatives in attendance from each of the main political parties; Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats, the aim of the event was to make calls to the new government to put physical activity on the policy-making agenda. .
SLS’s co-founder, Scott Warrington, delivered a speech on the importance of physical activity and how schools play a key part in creating active communities. Read Scott’s speech below to hear the important message he had for key political parties.
“This general election has come at an important time and the next government will have the opportunity and responsibility to impact an entire generation.
“The health and happiness of our children and young people have never been so important and our government needs to prioritise this. After all, the health of the general population has an impact on all aspects of politics, including the NHS, employment and education.
“Just one in four boys and one in five girls in England achieve the recommended 60 minutes of activity each day. This is a situation that cannot be allowed to continue and the government needs to step up and put more funding into encouraging children to become more active.
“Schools play a vital part in the physical health of children. In fact, 39% of UK sports facilities reside in school sites yet thousands are inaccessible due to lack of staffing and funding.
“SLS works across the whole of the UK, unlocking facilities outside of school hours to the whole community – from yoga, football, laser tag, French lessons and much, much more.
“As a company, we’ve put over £13m back to schools since 2011, and facilitated over 85,000 hours of community use in schools during the month of November alone, a number we continuing to push as we encourage communities to take advantage of their local facilities.
“We’re excited to be working with ukactive on pushing the government to make physical activity a priority and want to speak to all activity providers and national governing bodies to ensure we’re developing the right opportunities for children and their and families and the communities they live in.”