SCL Welcomes ukactive’s Blueprint for an Active Britain Report

Posted by SCL Education Group on 02.12.15

 

SCL welcomes ukactive’s 'Blueprint for an Active Britain report,’ which was launched on Thursday 5th November at the ukactive National Summit 2015. 

SCL is one of the UK’s leading independent providers of education through sport offering a wide range of school sport and children’s activity and childcare programmes for those aged 4-12 years old and education and work-based learning for young adults aged 14-19 years old.

The Blueprint resonates strongly with SCL as the organisation prides itself on providing the high quality external provision for children recommended in the report and understands the importance of growing Apprenticeships through the government working with the active leisure community to ensure funding arrangements fit with the operational landscape of business.

SCL’s School Sport Apprenticeship programme provides those wanting a career in coaching and physical education the skills the qualifications necessary for a rewarding career in the health and leisure industry.

‘ukactive’s Blueprint fully recognises that keeping children healthy in the school holidays is vital to their health and wellbeing. Ensuring that children get the best activity provision is also closely aligned to investing in the training of apprentices and thus we support the recommendation that the government reviews the impact of funding reforms on the physical activity sector’s workforce.’ Lewis Field, Managing Director and Co-Founder, SCL

ukactive’s Blueprint for an Active Britain report provides specific policy recommendations and discusses innovative new solutions to improving physical activity in the public’s health and wellbeing. .

Key recommendations pertaining to SCL’s core functions of children’s activity provision and workforce development through education and training include:

  • Schools should be encouraged to engage the support of high quality external providers to help raise the capabilities of teachers, provide additional capacity or deliver a broader range of activity services for young people.
  • Parents should be supported to make sure that children have plenty of active choices during weekend and holiday periods, with the provision of children’s activities and opportunities to play included within Personalised Activity Plans promoted within the wider ‘Workout from Work’ Policy
  • The Skills Funding Agency should make special concessions for employers within the physical activity sector when introducing new funding reforms, recognising the potentially harmful impact that the rapid introduction of employer contributions will have on many employers’ ability to deliver their contribution to the overall target of three million more apprentices.

ukactive’s Executive Director Steven Ward stated  ‘SCL is a key member of ukactive’s Strategic Partner Group and is an organisation that is passionate about providing children with top quality physical activity programmes and coaching, and ensuring that apprentices, school and leisure club staff  are given the best possible training so that they can support the drive to get more children, more active, more often’.

You can read ukactive's full report on a 'Blueprint for Active Britain' here - http://www.ukactive.com/policy-insight/blueprint-for-an-active-britain 

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