Helping to shape a new national plan for sport and recreation

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On the 10th of March our co-founder Dr Liz Durden-Myers alongside Ali Oliver MBE (CEO of the YST) and Sue Wilkinson MBE (CEO of AfPE) presented evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee for Sport and Recreation.

The House of Lords Committee aim to consult a range of experts to help guide a National Plan for Sport and Recreation as well as inviting the public to provide their views on how we can remove barriers to participation in sport and recreation and facilitate more active lifestyles.

The Committee will look at a wide range of issues including: 

  • how we can increase physical activity, including among young people
  • how we can increase participation in sport among underrepresented groups including women and girls, disabled people, people from ethnic minority communities and low income groups, and
  • whether current funding structures are effective in getting money to where it has most impact.

For more information about the Committee please click here.

Specifically Liz, Ali and Sue tackled the issues and opportunities surrounding Physical Education, School Sport and Community Club Links.

The full evidence session can be viewed and dowloaded here or alternatively the transcript can be accessed here.

In the Press

Liz also received local media attention with the following articles being written:

Finally, Liz appeared on BBC Points West advocating the importance of physical literacy, physical education and school sport.

BBC Points West Interview – Dr Liz Durden-Myers

Have your say

The committee asked Liz specifically to provide further evidence on the following two points, if you would like to add your voice to these responses please contact us to join the conversation.

  • Liz gave examples of community sport brought into school. I do not want an answer now, but could she write to the committee citing examples of where it has worked well, because that is just the sort of thing we are looking at?
  • Are local sports clubs good deliverers of sport outside their own expertise? Are there examples of that? There is a tendency to say, “We must recruit. We must get people involved”, which is another way of turning people off because they get involved in something that is not for them, but they might say, “Can we go on to something else?” Do you have examples where that has worked or has not worked? Knowledge about failure is fine.

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