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Sports: Young People

Volume 506: debated on Monday 1 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his policy is on the participation of young people in competitive sport. (318859)

The annual School Sport Survey has shown a steady rise in the number of young people taking up competitive sport since 2003.

69 per cent. of pupils are now involved in intra-school competition compared to 22 per cent. in 2003/04; while 44 per cent. of pupils are now involved in inter-school competition compared to 33 per cent. in 2003/04.

Competitive sport is central to our PE and Sport Strategy for Young People and will also be enshrined in law as universal access to regular competitive sport is part of our new Pupil Guarantee.