COVID-19: majority of children now fail to meet recommended exercise levels
Leisure Opportunities
Job search
Job Search
see all jobs
Latest job opportunities
star job
Coach Gyms
£15k basic + commission + Bonus
Leeds, UK
Torfaen Leisure Trust
Pontypool Active Living Centre / Pontypool Ski Slope, South Wales
Zest Community
£28,000 - £30,000 pro rata
Sheffield, UK
énergie Fitness
Glasgow, UK
star job
Shropshire Council
SpArC Bishops Castle Leisure Centre, Shropshire

COVID-19: majority of children now fail to meet recommended exercise levels

Job opportunities
University College School
location: Hampstead, London, UK
University of Bath
Starting from £18,009, rising to £19,133 + 10% shift allowance
location: Bath, UK
more jobs
The figures clearly demonstrate how important it will be to open facilities and encourage the return as soon as it’s safe to do so

Less than half (44.9 per cent) of children and young people in England met the recommended levels for exercise (60 minutes or more a day) during 2020.

The devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on physical activity levels among children has been revealed in the latest Active Lives Children and Young People Survey, published by Sport England today (14 January).

Perhaps even more worryingly, 31 per cent (a total of 2.3m children) did less than an average of 30 minutes a day – representing an increase of 2.4 per cent (or 201,400 children) in the proportion of those least active.

The importance of having schools, gyms and leisure centres open was highlighted in the report, as the survey showed that activity levels were increasing during the 2019 autumn term – when schools and fitness facilities were open.  

Not surprisingly, sporting activities – including team sports and swimming – were hardest hit, down 16 per cent with just over 1 million fewer children and young people taking part.

The biggest gains were found in activities which could be undertaken despite closures – such as walking, cycling and at-home fitness.   

Sport England CEO Tim Hollingsworth said: "We know the pandemic has had a huge impact on children and young people’s engagement in sport and physical activity.

"The figures clearly demonstrate how important it will be to open facilities and encourage the return to play as soon as it’s safe to do so.  

"While we are pleased to see the increase in more informal activities such as walking and cycling, which were possible during the periods of restriction, we can’t underestimate the long-term effect on other sporting activities both in and out of school  

"Developing children and young people’s physical literacy is essential in creating a positive and lifelong relationship with activity and without it many will not enjoy the health and social benefits associated with living active lives. "

Responding to the report, Jack Shakespeare, director of children, young people, families and research at industry body, ukactive, said: “The current national lockdown measures will further impact the physical and mental wellbeing of children and young people, with the cold weather and darker evenings at this time of year making physical activity targets even harder to achieve than before.

“Sport and physical activity in school and community settings provides invaluable opportunities for children to develop physically, socially and emotionally, and in many cases, forms respite services and a vital safety net for the most vulnerable.

“This is why ukactive is urging the Government to formulate and execute an ambitious plan to get children moving again – one that supports children during lockdown and school closures, prioritises the re-opening of youth activity when lockdown ends with clear guidance, and drives a long-term and joined-up national activity strategy that truly puts the interests of each and every child at its core.

“Children and young people have sacrificed great amounts over the past 12 months and it is now more important than ever to invest in their health and wellbeing.

“ukactive and its members remain committed to working side by side with Sport England and the Government to create as many positive experiences and accessible opportunities as possible for all children and young people to choose and enjoy an active life.”

To download and study the full report, click here.

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Less than half (44.9 per cent) of children and young people in England met the recommended levels for exercise (60 minutes or more a day) during 2020.

More News

1 - 15 of 43,261
05 May 2021
A new pioneering approach looks to help cancer patients prepare for and respond to treatment by offering them a combination of exercise, nutrition and psychological ... More
05 May 2021
Peloton is recalling all of its Tread and Tread+ machines in the US, after striking a deal with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). ... More
05 May 2021
Health club operator Bannatyne is repositioning itself as a wellness provider, as it looks to bounce back from the effects of the pandemic lockdowns. Speaking ... More
04 May 2021
Health clubs and leisure centres in Northern Ireland reopened their doors on Friday 30 April, with Welsh facilities welcoming exercisers from today (4 May). While ... More
04 May 2021
It's time to refocus on the changing needs of older adults, according to a new initiative from The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA). Colin ... More
01 May 2021
In breaking news, HCM understands that David Lloyd Leisure's Glenn Earlam will move from his role as CEO to become chair of the business, with ... More
FreeMotion Fitness
FreeMotion Fitness
30 Apr 2021
Sport England has reported a drop of 710,000 in the number of people classed as active in England during 2020. In total, more than a ... More
29 Apr 2021
Independent gyms in the UK have fared better during the pandemic than larger corporate operators in holding on to their members, according to new research. ... More
29 Apr 2021
Actor Mark Wahlberg has officially joined Power Plate as an investor in parent company, Performance Health Systems and brand ambassador for the product. He will ... More
28 Apr 2021
Fitness and health are priority areas of expenditure for consumers in six key nations around the world, according to a new report by McKinsey. The ... More
28 Apr 2021
Taking antihistamines prior to exercise can prevent the body from getting the full benefit of exercise. That's the finding of a new study, which found ... More
28 Apr 2021
Sport England has teamed up with Youth Sport Trust to develop a new online resource designed to help more children become physically active. Called Active ... More
Miha Bodytec GmbH
Miha Bodytec GmbH
28 Apr 2021
Rowbots, the boutique fitness brand co-founded by star footballer Gareth Bale, has revealed plans to open its second London studio. Set to open on 17 ... More
27 Apr 2021
Steven Schwartz, CEO of Midtown Athletic Clubs, has announced the sale of the company's Midtown Health Management division to contract management specialist, HealthFitness Midtown Health ... More
27 Apr 2021
Merlin Entertainments has revealed the first images of the new multi-million-pound Lego Mythica: World of Mythical Creatures zone at its Legoland Windsor theme park. Opening ... More
1 - 15 of 43,261
Active IQ
Active IQ