Sport England’s Active Lives Children and Young People Survey highlights continued need to address physical literacy levels

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At the end of last year, Sport England released its Active Lives Children and Young People Survey for the academic year 2021-22. Data is presented for children and young people in school Years 1-11 (ages 5-16) in England.

With our vision for every primary school aged child in the country to be able to learn the fundamental movement skills of running, jumping and throwing; it is important that funetics audiences (schools, clubs and parents) understand the triggers and needs behind our ambition – for better or for worse. We hereby share this report.

At a headline level the findings paint a promising picture, with a return to levels seen pre-pandemic in the proportion of children and young people meeting the Chief Medical Officers’ guidelines of taking part in an average of 60 minutes or more of sport and physical activity a day.

However, physical literacy levels - which are linked to higher levels of activity and wellbeing - haven’t recovered to pre-pandemic levels. It’s therefore vital there’s a focus on providing positive experiences of physical activity, with children and young people involved in decisions around their design and delivery. And while activity levels are recovering, there are warning signs that more needs to be done - with the ongoing challenges of the cost of living posing a risk to continued recovery and growth.

Access the report from Sport England

Created by England Athletics, funetics is a fun and inclusive kids athletics programme, to help 4-11 year old children across the country to learn, develop and practice running, jumping and throwing skills all year round, for a healthy confident future.

Helping children to have fun whilst getting active, funetics provides a safe, fun and nurturing environment for children to develop fundamental movement skills and confidence to help support them in different sports in the future.