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Sports: Primary Education

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils (a) overall, (b) in years 10 and 11, (c) at primary school received the recommended number of hours of sport each week in the latest period for which figures are available. (315691)

The 2008/09 PE and Sport survey showed that 50 per cent. of school pupils were taking part in at least three hours of high quality PE and sport per week as part of the five hour offer for children and young people. For Years 10 and 11 the figures were 42 per cent. and 37 per cent. respectively. For primary pupils the figure was 57 per cent. We are working with the Youth Sport Trust and Sport England, and through them with School Sport Partnerships and County Sport Partnerships, to ensure that plans are in place to deliver a five hour offer which is taken up by every young person who wants it. At present we judge this to be the case in 92 per cent. of SSPs. As part of this we believe every young person should have access to regular competitive sport; coaching to improve their skills and enjoyment; a choice of different sports; pathways to club and elite sport; and opportunities to lead and volunteer in sport. We are also developing new ways of communicating the offer so that more young people take it up.