Playing sport helps to keep people healthy and is good for communities. Playing sport at school or in a local club is also the first step to competition at the highest level, which helps improve our reputation as a sporting nation, and contributes to economic growth.
But when people leave school they often stop playing sports, which means people can’t fulfil their sporting potential, and can lead to a less healthy lifestyle. We want to get more people playing sport safely from a young age, and help them keep playing sport throughout their life, no matter what their economic or social background.
To make sure as many people as possible are playing sport, the government is:
- funding Sport England, to help community sports grow, including helping 14- to 25-year-olds to keep playing sport throughout their lives
- expanding the School Games programme to increase opportunities for more young people to play competitive sport
- spending over £450 million on improving physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools over the 3 academic years from 2013 to 2014 to 2015 to 2016
This page will detail our Sport Premium spending.