At school

Schools have a fundamental role to play in helping equip children with the knowledge they need to make healthy choices for themselves, and in creating a healthy environment for children to learn and play. To maintain a basic level of health, children and young people aged 5 to 18 need to do...

At least an hour of physical activity every day and 3 days a week of exercises for strong muscles and bones - and their School provides the ideal setting to ensure they reach their activity target.

    • 30 minutes of their daily target can and should be achieved at school.

Local opportunities for Schools

There are local programmes specfically for schools across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland that are open for your school to be involved in - not sure if they are? Check with the PE Teacher at your school to find out...

There are also a variety of school programmes in place to ensure that young people with a disability are included within curriculum PE and are accessing additional opportunities such as the School Games and Daily Boost.

The Daily Boost aims to encourage children and young people at all schools and early years settings to do 15 minutes of organised activity at school every day. Children and young people could walk, run, skip, hop or jump around a set lap or loop at school. Or simply do their favourite sport or activity that gets them active – dancing, cycling, scooting, anything!

The School Games is part of the national 'School Games Programme' and aims to keep competitive sport at the heart of schools and provide more young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best. It is open to all young people aged 6-18 years, of all abilities and backgrounds.

Team Leicestershire is the umbrella association for the traditional competitive school sport offer across Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland. It is open to every secondary school – both state and independent, and aims to ensure that as many young people as possible have the opportunity to participate in competitive school sport.

PE, School Sport and Physical Activity

At Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport we are committed to and are working in partnership with Schools, School Sport & Physical Activity Networks (SSPANs) and partners to ensure that all of our young people have access to a variety of opportunities in PE, school sport and physical activity and improve their health and wellbeing. We are supporting schools with their PE, School Sport and Physical activity offer through our Active Schools work.

Physical Education (PE) is about what takes place in school curriculum timetabled time and which is delivered to all pupils. This involves both 'learning to move' (i.e. becoming more physically competent) and 'moving to learn'.

School Sport is the structured learning that takes place beyond the curriculum. This is sometimes
referred to as out-of-school-hours learning. Again, the context for the learning is physical activity.

Physical Activity is a broad term referring to all bodily movement that uses energy. It includes all forms of physical education, sports and dance activities.

Active Travel to School

Active Travel = Happier, healthier children, helping them to achieve their recommend activity levels every day.

It's been proven that children who do some form of exercise, especially a walk before school, do better in class because they arrive refreshed, fit and ready to learn.

During morning peak traffic times, one in five cars on the road are taking children school, contributing to congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions.

The school run alone is responsible for generating two million tonnes of CO2 per year. Imagine what we could achieve if we began converting some of these rides to strides?

Stay safe in sport and activity

Sport and exercise is fun – it gives you the opportunity to make new friends, try out new activities and amaze yourself with what you can do. As a young person involved in sport or physical activity, you have a right to be treated fairly and enjoy your activity.

Is something worrying you? Don't keep it to yourself

  • tell an adult you trust as soon as possible, such as:
    • a parent or someone else in your family
    • another member of staff at the sports club
    • a teacher or school counsellor
    • your doctor or school nurse
  • your club will have a child protection officer – find out who they are and tell them about your worries
  • make sure you're not alone again with the person who has tried to harm you.

If you take part in sport or activity you can expect your Teacher, Coach or Instructor to:

  • Be organised and on time
  • Treat you with respect
  • Support and encourage you
  • Never use bad language


Is the free, 24-hour helpline for children and young people in the UK. You can call about any problem, at any time – day or night.

Chat online to a counsellor.

You might also want to take a look at Childline's Sport and exercise pages for info and advice on issues relating to sport.

0800 1111


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