National Plan for Sport and Recreation
A national plan for sport, health and wellbeing

Report of Session 2021-22 - published 10 December 2021 - HL Paper 113



Chapter 1: Introduction and background


Box 1: Terminology: recreation, physical activity, sport, active lifestyles and grassroots sport

Rates of activity and inactivity

Adult activity rates

Figure 1: Changes in activity levels of adult population

Figure 2: Activity rates of men and women

Figure 3: Activity rates of adults across ethnic groups

Figure 4: Activity levels of adults with and without a disability or long-term health condition

Figure 5: Activity levels of adults across socio-economic groups

Children activity rates

Figure 6: Activity levels of children and young people with and without a disability or long-term health condition

Figure 7: Levels of activity in children across ethnic groups

Impact of COVID-19

Scope of the inquiry and structure of the report

Chapter 2: A national plan for sport, health and wellbeing

Sport and recreation policy and delivery

The case for a national plan for sport, health and wellbeing

A new delivery and funding structure

Figure 8: The framework

Monitoring and evaluation

Active Lives surveys

Measuring and evaluating outcomes

Using data to improve access to sport and recreation

Chapter 3: Principles underpinning the national plan

Physical literacy

Box 2: International definitions of physical literacy

A welcoming and inclusive environment

Formal and informal participation

Underrepresented groups

Accessibility and availability of facilities and spaces

Tackling discrimination

Behaviour change and motivation

Public messaging campaigns

Tackling health inequalities

Social prescribing

Sport for development

Sport for development in criminal justice settings

Chapter 4: Instilling a life-long habit of sport and physical activity

Making sport and physical activity fun and enjoyable

PE and school sport

Valuing PE and school sport

Teacher training

Physical literacy in PE

Creating a welcoming and inclusive environment in PE and school sport

PE and Sport Premium

External provision

Accountability of PE and Sport Premium spending

Being active throughout the day

Linking schools, clubs and communities

Box 3: School Sports Partnerships

Opening school facilities

Chapter 5: Enabling active lifestyles

Developing a whole system, place-based approach

Planning and design

Active environments

Active travel


Accessing facilities

Digital divide

Chapter 6: Duty of care and safeguarding

Existing framework

Safeguarding children, adults, and elite athletes

The role of NGBs

Box 4: Examples of duty of care and safeguarding initiatives by NGBs

Creating a robust duty of care and safeguarding system from grassroots to elite sport

An independent sports ombudsman

Box 5: Seven ‘priority recommendations’ in Baroness Grey-Thompson’s independent review on Duty of Care in Sport

Mandatory reporting

Duty of care and safeguarding of adults, elite athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers

Duty of care and safeguarding adults

Duty of care and safeguarding of aspiring and elite athletes

Online abuse

Monitoring and oversight of duty of care and safeguarding standards

Chapter 7: The workforce

Figure 9: Locations of coaching in 2017 and 2019

Figure 10: Coaching hours in a typical week

Figure 11: Proportion of coaches at each level

Box 6: Sport England’s workforce, coaching and volunteering strategies

Careers in sport and recreation

Coaching and volunteering

National register of coaches

Improving diversity

Figure 12: Demographics of coaches

Diversity in senior leadership and boardroom roles

Box 7: 2016 Code for Sports Governance requirements
for tier 3 organisations regarding diversity of board membership

Summary of conclusions and recommendations

Appendix 1: List of Members and declarations of interest

Appendix 2: List of witnesses

Appendix 3: Call for evidence

Appendix 4: Roundtable discussion with CEOs of NGBs and experts

Appendix 5: Acronyms and abbreviations

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