‘Netflix-style’ workout videos offered to schoolgirls to encourage exercise as they don’t like team sports  

Among the activities on offer is a new “Netflix-style library” of workout videos that can be used in schools and PE lessons to help encourage “less active” girls to do sport and exercise.

Schools will also trial opening during holidays – a move which comes following calls from fitness leaders to keep sports clubs open all summer in a bid to combat Britain’s growing obesity crisis. 

As part of the plan, the Government said that it will launch a series of regional pilots – from September 2020 – to trial new approaches to getting more young people active, particularly “less active groups such as girls” and “those from disadvantaged backgrounds”.

Schools and sports clubs will focus on ensuring young people have a coordinated offer of sport, competition and activity, including modern PE lessons and access to high-quality clubs and competitions after school and during weekends and holidays.  

Mr Hinds said: “My ambition is for every pupil to have the chance to find a sport they love, setting them up to lead healthy, active lives and equipping them with the skills to reach their full potential, both inside and outside the classroom.”

The Government and Sport England will work with a range of sporting bodies including the Football Association, Premier League, England Hockey, the Rugby Football Union, England and Wales Cricket Board, England Netball, Swim England and Basketball England to ensure that their clubs and programmes can reach even more children, encouraging them to get active by focusing on fun, enjoyment and increasing confidence.

Drawing upon the successful This Girl Can campaign, which has inspired over 3.9 million women and girls to take steps to get active, Sport England will also provide £1 million to develop a digital resource for girls. This will include a new Netflix-style library of workout videos that can be used in schools and PE lessons.

Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of Sport England, added: “We are delighted to be working at the heart of the new School Sport and Activity Action plan to embed those learnings, as well as making it easier for schools to offer more activities during the school day and after lessons not least through creating another 400 new Satellite Clubs and a This Girl Can workout resource for teenage girls.

“Every child has the right to be active and find an activity they love. And the School Sport and Activity Action Plan is a great step forward.”

The Department for Education has also committed £2.5 million in 2019-20 to deliver extra training for PE teachers, help schools open up their facilities at weekends and during the holidays, and expand sports volunteering programmes to give more young people the opportunity to become sports leaders and coaches. 

The Chief Medical Officers’ guidance on daily physical activity levels sets out that children should do at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. 

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