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Sports: Schools

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent estimate he has made of the number of children in each school year participating regularly in competitive (a) intra-school and (b) inter-school sport. (316732)

The 2008-09 School Sport Survey showed that 99 per cent. of schools hold their own sports days; 69 per cent. of pupils are playing competitive house or league sport within their own schools (up from 66 per cent. in 2007-08 and 58 per cent. in 2006-07); and 44 per cent. of pupils are playing competitive sport against other schools (up from 41per cent. in 2007-08 and 35 per cent. in 2006-07).

We aim to increase the regularity with which children play competitive sport and have included new questions in the School Sport Survey to measure how regularly pupils compete (both within schools and between schools). 28 per cent. of pupils from years three-13 regularly participated in intra-school competition whilst 19 per cent. of pupils from years three-13 regularly participated in inter-school competition.

The tables outline (a) the percentage of pupils who regularly participated in intra-school competition during the academic year 2008-09 by year group:

Academic year

Percentage of pupils involved

Year 3

30

Year 4

34

Year 5

41

Year 6

45

Year 7

28

Year 8

27

Year 9

25

Year 10

20

Year 11

16

Year 12

7

Year 13

6

Base: All pupils in years three-13 where information given (5,472,339) and (b) the percentage of pupils who regularly participated in inter-school competition during the academic year2008-09 by year group:

Academic year

Percentage of pupils involved

Year 3

10

Year 4

15

Year 5

27

Year 6

36

Year 7

21

Year 8

21

Year 9

20

Year 10

17

Year 11

14

Year 12

9

Year 13

9

Base: All pupils in years three-13 where information given (5,472,635) From 2008-11, the Government are investing over £25 million into a network of 225 competition managers to increase the number of young people engaged in regular high quality inter-school competitive events.

Furthermore, the Government are making universal access to regular competitive sport a key part of its new pupil guarantee, which will enshrine in law our commitment to provide competitive sport for all.