“Shocking” new survey shows 80% of Oxfordshire children don’t do recommended amount of exercise
Posted: Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:44
A NATIONAL SURVEY of almost 110,000 children and young people has revealed that children across Oxfordshire are not doing enough exercise or physical activity.
Data from the Active Lives Children & Young People survey reveals that while levels of activity in the young across Oxfordshire compare favourably with national figures, there is still a long way to go to ensure that children and young people reach the 60 daily minutes of activity recommended by the Chief Medical Officer.
Nationally, 57% of children do not do enough exercise, with more than 80% not hitting the 60-minute daily recommendation. In Oxfordshire, this figure is 78.8% - but in areas like West Oxfordshire the amount of children and young people not doing enough exercise is a shocking 85%.
The numbers have been branded "shocking" by Paul Brivio, CEO of Active Oxfordshire.
"While Oxfordshire performs well compared to the national average, it is shocking that there are still so many children and young people not getting enough physical activity.
"We live and work in a great county with good levels of public investment in sport and physical activity, with great open spaces and some great partnerships and initiatives in place. But we know we need to work hard and in different ways alongside our partners to increase physical activity rates across the county.
"This is a lifestyle issue and we collectively are part of the solution, but it is clear that despite some great work so far, we need to do things differently to promote activity and well-being for young people. There is a lot of work still to do and we are putting that at the forefront of our strategy in 2019," he added.
The Active Lives Children & Young People survey, conducted by Sport England, is the first of its kind to give comprehensive insight into how children in England are taking part in sport and physical activity, both in and out of school.
Data from Oxfordshire's five local authorities reveals real county-wide disparities. Only 15% of children and young people in West Oxfordshire do the daily-recommended amount of physical activity. This number increases to 25.1% in Vale of White Horse.
"While the numbers of active children in Vale of White Horse, and the Oxfordshire-wide average of 21.2%, seemingly compare well with the national average of 17.5%, it still means that there are almost 80% of children and young people in this county that are not physically active enough. This must change," says Brivio.
"Sport England CEO Tim Hollingsworth says that these survey results are a real wake-up call for all of us. I completely agree with him, and on a local level we'll be redoubling our efforts to work collaboratively with our valuable delivery partners to make sure that more of our children and young people get active and gain all of the associated benefits that this brings".