Sports governing bodies such as the Football Association, Rugby Football Union and England & Wales Cricket Board have been ordered to target primary school children to get involved in sport. This comes as part of an overhaul of the government's strategy on boosting participation.
Children as young as five will be targeted and monitored in a bid to combat inactivity in England. This is the key feature of the government's new strategy for sport. The change has been decided upon after the discovery of a downward trend in children aged 14 and over taking part in sport since the London 2012 Olympics.
Sport England’s Active People Survey, which measures participation of people aged 14 and upwards, will be replaced by Active Lives, which will monitor the activity of children aged five and over.
While speaking to the Daily Telegraph, sports minister Tracy Couch said that the existing sports strategy was "severely outdated". She suggested that the evolution of the plans recognises the importance of early intervention, by ordering grassroots funding body Sport England to ensure public money is spent on younger children.
"The whole purpose of London 2012 was about inspiring a generation and I think it’s been too crude looking at 14-plus. We want to give everyone the best possible experience of sport from the earliest age," Ms Crouch said.
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