Free resources for Physical Education (PE) teachers

The following free-to-access resources produced by National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of sport are potentially of great use to physical education professionals and teachers. These physical education resources may provide lesson ideas and help reduce teacher workload in producing resources for engaging pe lessons. Some also develop sport specific subject knowledge without the need for attending professional development courses. Their inclusion in this list is not an endorsement of quality and we would always expect physical educators to use their professional judgement, knowledge of specific groups and broader pedagogical understanding/educational aims of lessons to adapt these ideas to suit their context.

We hope it is of use to you and welcome suggestions of additions to this list. As these organisations often change their website URLs, please also let us know if you spot a broken link, so we can update for the benefit of all (email:

 PE Scholar resources

Physical education resources PE Scholar

Remember to also use the search facility on our pe resources page as we have a huge number of great resources to support teaching and learning in your school and help make physical education teaching simple. In addition to lesson plans, worksheets, resource cards, posters, and assessment tools, we have ‘prompt cards’ to provide one pager activity cards for many of the major physical education activities taught in school with key rules, common misconceptions and teaching/learning points for 4 key skills.

List of physical education resources (in alphabetical order by sport):


Archery GB – archery in schools ideas, videos and links to School Games resources 



Run, Jump Throw resource cards are a must for athletics lessons:

British Athletics – access the athletics hub here

England Athletics – great free pe resources for use in lessons as part of ‘Running, Jumping, Throwing’ (RJT) task cards available here –

English Schools’ Athletic Association – access to competitions and awards schemes here –

Running track

American football

Free to access ‘basics’ guides and videos from BAFA here available

American football

Association football (soccer)

The Football Association have a wide selection of materials and online courses that are regularly updated available here Many of these are free to access, look for the Teacher Resource Pack which includes worksheets and posters to support teachers with the materials needed to inspire and engage their pupils. This is updated termly.

Soccer resources


Badminton England have a free to access ‘school resource hub’ where you can access a whole host of resources, lesson plans, festival and competition ideas and much more to support your delivery available here Remember to look out for their SmashUp! resource.

Badminton resources


Basketball England have materials for primary, secondary and universities available here to include resources for download here

Basketball printable resources


Boccia England have a bunch of free to download resources here and a 30 minute e-learning workshop to introduce this inclusive, tactical and exciting sport. It costs just £10.



Chance to Shine is a national charity that aims to give all children the opportunity to play, learn and develop through cricket. They have a whole host of free school resources for primary and secondary if you sign up via their website here

English Cricket Board – the ECB also has a whole host of coach development materials including an app that could help you and are available here.

ECB’s Dynamos Schools introduces children to the countdown cricket format and provides a consistent experience across schools and clubs. Find out more here.

Table Cricket resources – available at the bottom of this page

Fresh ideas for cricket


The following providers are a great place to start. We get the Royal Opera House in each year to deliver free training supported by their learning platform so definitely give them a look. I know go noodle is also popular at primary for active breaks!

Music and Dance Conservatoire – Rudolf Laban

National Association of Teachers of Dancing

One Dance UK

Royal Opera House Learning Platform



I recommend taking a read of the Association for Physical Education Health Position Paper but for me the best resources to access for fitness come from:

Sport England‘s Studio You video resource bank which features a diverse range of instructors who aim to partner with PE teachers to ‘help girls experience the joy of getting active’. This is part of the This Girl Can campaign and includes free to download units of work, lesson plans and hundreds of videos for whole class or small group use.

Fun ideas and fitness challenges for girls to get active


England Golf has a schools programme that promotes physical and mental benefits of golf and is available via the Golf Foundation here.

Great resource for teaching golf


British Gymnastics have a whole host of school teacher qualifications and I would encourage all PE teachers to complete one to build confidence and competence to deliver this important national curriculum area safely and in an exciting way.

Professional development for teachers to deliver gymnastics safely


England Handball have free online resources to support lesson planning and a £15 intro to teaching course available here.

Free online pe resources and pe activities for handball


England Hockey have a dedicated hub with support, resources and courses for primary and secondary teachers available here.

Hockey resources and courses for all skill levels and key stages


England Lacrosse have a resource pack of cards that are free to download here.



England Netball have a whole host of lesson plans, activity cards, coaching videos and more aimed specifically at primary or secondary school available to download for free here.

Netball coaching videos and resources

Outdoor Adventurous Activities (OAA)

This is another key element of the national curriculum that often gets overlooked but offers so much in terms of personal development. The following are good places to start:

British Orienteering have training courses, resources and equipment needed to help get you started available here.

British Mountaineering Council are a good place to start when looking at climbing/ bouldering in school.

Royal Yachting Association are worth a look to see what facilities are available near you.

Surf England provide a surf instructor award.

OAA ideas


As a racquet sports player, I am surprised that more schools don’t utilise pickleball as their net/ wall game of choice to help students pick up the basics. It is an easy and fun game that is quick to pick up and develop skills, tactics and competition at many levels. Take a look at Pickleball England here and watch this space for lots more materials for schools.

Great site for Pickleball


British rowing have a free to access online learning course and digital download that we have created for them to benefit schools … even if you don’t have access to water or rowing machines!

Rowing online learning course


Rounders England have a whole host of rounders challenges and ideas for mini festivals as well as face to face or digital courses available here.

Face to face or virtual pe courses for rounders


England Rugby offer a comprehensive range of resources, courses and other offers via their rugby in schools page here. Start with the free Kids First eLearning before tackling the Touch and the XRugby (for 5, 7 or 10-a-side versions of the game) courses which are also online and free. You can often get coaches from your local area in to help you introduce rugby to your students and it is essential you keep up with legal changes to reduce concussion and more.


British Softball Federation has some ideas and resources available here.

Softball ideas and resources


Stoolball England have lesson plans and a resource pack to download for free here.


Swim England have a whole host of free resources and online learning available here. These are a must for any teacher delivering swimming and this online library is well worth a look.

Water Polo England

Online learning and other resources for swimming at all key stages


England Squash have basic downloads and resources available here.

Engaging activities to support teaching squash

Table tennis

Table Tennis England have loads of options available to schools to include purchasing equipment, getting coaches, training staff, entering competitions and more. Access it all here.

Table tennis pe resources


The Lawn Tennis Association offers free training, resources and equipment packs to all primary and secondary schools via this site.

Tennis training and resources for all key stages

Ultimate frisbee

UK Ultimate have a teacher guide available here.

Frisbee pe teacher guide


Volleyball England have a range of courses and resources available here.

Volleyball courses and pe resources

Additional high value materials

School Games – competition formats and challenges from over 40 NGBs aimed specifically at inclusive school sport

Sport New Zealand move well – my current favourite set of resources that are free to download to supercharge PE

Sport Australia game sense – a great set of free downloadable resource cards

YST Top Transition – a great set of core tasks to look at holistic skill development and assessment in PE

Mosston & Ashworth spectrum of teaching styles – a website full of ideas, resources and the free eBook

Our book reviews – a blinklist style opportunity to stay on top of essential reads in our PE and youth sport space.

@imsporticus drowning in the shallows website full of AMAZING blogs to challenge your thinking

PEPRN – Dr Ash Casey’s blog posts, again a must for any physical educator

Top sportsability – a whole host of practical advice for teachers to include video clips and downloadable content with ideas and strategies to include young disabled people in physical activity

Sainsburys Inclusive PE – online eLearning as a legacy to this funded programme

Inclusion 2024 inclusive education hub

Relevant podcasts

Believe move grow with Daniel Elias

Experts in sport podcast by Loughborough University

Global PhysEd voxcast

High performance podcast

Life lessons from sport and beyond with Simon mundie

Physed cast

Physical activity researcher podcast

Playing with research in HPE

Shape America podcast

Stripped back sport with Kirsty gallacher

The infinite leaders podcast

The real science of sport podcast

The run your life podcast with Andy Vasily

The sports psych podcast

Under the PE umbrella

Well schools podcast by Youth Sport Trust

PE Insights with Nathan Walker

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