More children taking exercise in South Tyneside

More children in South Tyneside got the recommended level of exercise last year than they did before the pandemic, new figures show.

More children taking exercise.
More children taking exercise.

Sport England says the results of its Active Lives survey show a positive increase in children and young people in England taking up sports but added there is still "more to do".

Figures from Sport England's annual survey in schools across the country show 49% of children in South Tyneside were classed as active – defined as doing an hour or more of activity a day – in the 2021-22 academic year.

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It was up from 45% the year before, when Covid-19 restrictions heavily impacted children's sports and activities, and was also up from 45% in the 2017-18 academic year.

Nationally, 3.4 million children (47%) were classed as active.

Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England chief executive, said: “This overall growth is positive but there’s more to do to help children and young people from all backgrounds enjoy the benefits of sport and physical activity."

The survey also found boys were five per cent more likely to be active than girls, and children from less affluent families were found to be 10% less likely to be active than those from more affluent families.

Sports Minister Stuart Andrew said: "It is very encouraging to see a surge of children and young people returning to enjoy the benefits of physical activity since the pandemic. But I am clear that more still needs to be done."

Mr Andrews added that £230m will be invested in grassroots facilities and developing a new sports strategy.