What will it take to get our children active?

Thursday 9th May 10:45 - 11:35

It is recommended that children do at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day, yet just 23% of boys and 20% of girls aged 5 to 15 years currently meet this recommendation.

The benefits of regular physical activity allow the development of strong muscles and bones, maintenance of a healthy weight, a decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, better sleep and attention, and improved mental health. Mastering physical skills can help build confidence at every age. And active kids are more likely to be motivated, focused, and successful in school.

Spend continues to increase with the Department of Education alone pledging to double the amount of funding for PE and sport in schools. Coupled with this a predicted £141 billion is forecast to be spent by 2022 in the UK leisure market, with an increasing focus on children and teenagers.

Yet the barriers to activity for children and young people remain - changes are needed at every level in order to take a more holistic approach to health, happiness and wellbeing.

Today’s kids are the least active ever, and are likely to lead a shorter life than their parents – truly deliver the power of sport and physical activity to support the development of character, resilience and broader life skills – as well as improving the mental and physical wellbeing of our children? What will it take to get our children active in and out of school?


Dr Zoe Williams, RCGP Clinical Champion Physical Activity and Public Health England Physical Activity Champion


David Stalker, CEO at MyZone EMEA

Jayne Molyneux, Director Children and Young People at Sport England

Dr William Bird MBE, GP and CEO at Intelligent Health

Loretta Sollars, Deputy Head, Children, Young People & Families at Public Health England