Latest Active Lives Children and Young People report published by Sport England
Posted: Mon, 13 Dec 2021 11:07
Children and young people's activity levels continue to be negatively impacted by the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic at a time when getting active is more important than ever for their mental and physical wellbeing.
Sport England's latest publication of their Active Lives Children and Young People Survey report which covers the 2020-21 academic year, shows that while there has been no overall decrease in activity levels compared to the previous academic year, existing inequalities have widened. Enjoyment and confidence in taking part are down, and there are new short-term issues that need to be considered so they do not become long-term trends.
Positively, the results provide further evidence that active children have higher levels of mental wellbeing and illustrate the role that sport and physical activity can play in supporting them amid rising levels of loneliness and declining mental health during the pandemic. We also know that active children do better at school in attainment and achievement – so there is a dual benefit to taking part amid ongoing uncertainty.