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Ahead of the upcoming General Election, Richard Norman, Chief Executive of SLQ and Sports Leaders, has joined senior leaders from the full range of British sporting organisations to appeal to all political party leaders for their commitment to addressing a major issue in the delivery of sport in schools.
The letter highlights the relationship between decreasing levels of physical activity among young people in the UK and the increase in mental and physical health problems.
Central to the commitment being asked of the political parties contesting the General Election is a long term, reliable and quantifiable strategy that tackles the decline in the wellbeing of young people and promises to provide more, higher quality provision of sport and physical activity in schools.
Speaking at the publication of the letter, Richard underlined the importance of sport to young people from all backgrounds. He said: “The demands being made of teachers and schools to provide sport and physical education cannot be allowed to continue.
“For too long now too much has been expected of PE and school sport leaders with nowhere near enough resources or time to effectively provide for young people, with physical activity being continually squeezed from the curriculum as a result.
“Sport and exercise need to be given sufficient priority in school agendas alongside the development of key skills to ensure they all become part of a healthy and sustainable lifestyle among the next generation and beyond. Without suitable investment in terms of time, money and political will we as a society are unnecessarily risking future generations to come.”
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