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Sport and physical activity must be put “on a par with reading and writing” says Sports Minister Mims Davies.

Sport and physical activity must be put “on a par with reading and writing” says Sports Minister Mims Davies.

Posted: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:00

Sport and physical activity must be put "on a par with reading and writing" says Sports Minister Mims Davies.

Active Oxfordshire welcomes Mims Davies' comments that place huge emphasis on the importance of PE, sport and physical activity for children. With recently published Active Lives results for Oxfordshire indicating that 78.8% of children are NOT meeting Chief Medical Officer guidelines of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day these comments are very timely. National statistics show us that the most active children are the happiest children and physical activity is a well-documented way to avoid a number of health complaints in later life.

Davies went on to add "as a minimum, schools must ensure children are physically literate. They need to learn how to run, jump, throw, catch. To achieve this we need schools to deliver high quality sport and physical activity throughout the school day"

Active Oxfordshire acknowledges that it is not only schools who can help to develop a habit of physical activity and a number of factors and organisations will play a part in the activity levels of a young person. Day to day physical activity can be achieved in a number of ways both inside and outside of school. Active travel is a great example of increasing physical activity whilst also having other wider benefits such as reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality. Active Oxfordshire is pleased to work with Living Streets and Oxfordshire County Council Public Health to promote walking to school https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/walk-to-school

In order to support Primary schools to deliver high quality PE, sport and physical activity, Active Oxfordshire can also provide guidance and support to ensure that schools effectively spend their PE Premium investment. Please get in contact with Josh Lenthall, joshlenthall@activeoxfordshire.org for further information.

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