DfE Funding Announcement - Sports Facilities

New funding to help schools open their sports facilities.  The government money will help more children and young people be physically active during evenings and weekends.

Sport England are investing £10.1 million of government money to help more schools open their facilities to the public once the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is over.

The funding, which has been provided by the Department for Education, is in addition to the £1.5m awarded as part of the School Sport and Activity Action Plan we announced in July 2019 and will help schools deliver extra-curricular activities and open their facilities outside of the school day during evenings, weekends and school holidays.

We’ll work with the nationwide network of Active Partnerships – locally based organisations that specifically focus on getting people in their areas involved In sport and physical activity – to distribute the funding.

This new funding will help Active Partnerships to support their local schools to understand the challenges in opening their facilities in a Covid-secure manner and could include helping them to buy new equipment for sports and activities, as well as arranging additional cleaning and clear signage to help maintain social distancing.

This investment comes at an important time given the impact coronavirus has had on the activity levels of children and young people and the significant decline in the number of schools offering after-school clubs for pupils or opening their facilities for community use.

A recent survey, conducted on our behalf, showed that 91% of schools would be prepared to open their facilities for community use when restrictions are lifted, despite the fact only 52% have been able to at any point over the last year.

Our recent Active Lives Children and Young People Survey also showed the number of children who met the government’s guidance for an hour of activity a day dropped by more than 100,000 (2.3%) in the summer of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. 


Anna Clooke

Anna Clooke
Partnership Leader

Telephone: 07731471023
Mobile: 07731 471023
Email: [email protected]

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