Sport and physical activity will be at the heart of children’s recovery from the coronavirus lockdown after the Government guaranteed £320 million of funding for primary school PE.
The announcement, which follows Telegraph Sport’s campaign to tackle an inactivity crisis among children, will preserve numerous jobs and is accompanied by a government pledge that schoolchildren will have access to at least an hour of sport and activity every day. That is the chief medical officer’s minimum recommendation, but the number of children meeting that guideline has fallen dramatically during the pandemic from 47 per cent to just 19 per cent. Most alarming of all, one in 10 children have been getting no physical activity at all.
Telegraph Sport revealed last week how more than 100 of the nation’s greatest sports stars, including Mo Farah, Hannah Cockroft, Lawrence Dallaglio and Alex Danson, had written an open letter to government