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Sports: Children

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps the Government are taking to increase levels of physical or sporting activity by children to help combat obesity. (146215)

The National School Sport Strategy, jointly implemented by DCMS and DfES, is a key component of a multi-faceted, ‘whole school’ programme of addressing obesity. The 2005/06 school sport survey found that overall 80 per cent. of pupils participate in at least two hours of high quality PE and school sport a week. This exceeded the target of 75 per cent. for 2006 and demonstrates a considerable increase from the estimated 25 per cent. in 2002. This target for 2008 rises to 85 per cent. By 2010 the ambition is to offer all children at least four hours of sport a week.

Furthermore, we are working with school sports partnerships to increase participation in physical activity by overweight and obese children.