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The PE and Sport Strategy for Young People: A Guide to Delivering the Five Hour Offer

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As the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games draw closer, our efforts to transform Physical Education (PE) and sport through the creation of a world-class system are increasing. It is an ambition which lies at the heart of the legacy aims of the London Games. This document describes how we’re going to achieve this aim, through giving every young person in England access to five hours a week of high quality PE and sport.

It also explains what this five hour offer to young people consists of.

To deliver on the commitment we share to enable every young person aged five to 16 to have access to five hours of PE and sport (three hours for 16 to 19 year olds) each week, provision must be of the highest quality. Providers need to make PE and sport more accessible, attractive, affordable and appropriate to the needs of young people. Special effort is also needed to create and stimulate demand by ensuring that young people are fully aware of all the opportunities on offer. The five hour offer contributes to the wider outcomes local authorities and health providers, especially Primary Care Trusts (PCTs), are seeking to achieve. In particular, the five hour offer can help contribute to a number of National Indicators, including preventing childhood obesity and providing positive activities for young people.

For five to 16 year olds, the expectation is that schools will provide three of the five hours; two hours through high quality PE within the curriculum and at least one hour a week of sport for all young people beyond the curriculum (out of school hours on school sites). Community and club providers will seek to ensure that an additional two hours a week are available.


For 16 to 19 year olds in education, schools/ colleges will be expected to work in partnership with community groups and clubs to ensure an appropriate three hour offer is available. For those young people not in education, employment or training, community providers in partnership with local authorities will be expected to provide access to affordable opportunities to take part in sport.



 editors comments   

Editor's comments - [  This document is the Physical Education, School Sport and Young People Strategy [PESSYP] developed by the Youth Sports Trust and Sport England in 2009. It replaced the earlier PESSCL Strategy.

Each young person is likely to access their five hours in a range of different settings. They have identified five environments where most activity will take place:

  1.  In school: This includes all timetabled core PE plus timetabled PE and sport-related courses that lead to a qualification, e.g. GCSE, A Level, BTEC. It includes structured changing time3, but not breaktimes, lunchtimes, or travel time.
  2. In school/college: This includes all sporting activity that is managed and co-ordinated by the school/college, or school/college bodies outside of curriculum time.
  3. In structured community sports clubs: These are constituted sports or dance clubs where a membership fee is generally paid. This will mainly (but not exclusively) be those sports with a National Governing Body (NGB). This will not include generic membership of, for example, a local authority leisure centre, which is covered under point four below.
  4. In community sport settings (not in clubs): This is sporting activity where a conscious decision has been taken to participate or train, but not in a constituted club environment. It includes activities such as ‘pay and play’ sport, free swimming and classes/lessons that are paid for on a regular (e.g. termly) basis.
  5. In community settings where sport is part of a wider range of activity: This is sporting activity in settings where sport is part of a varied menu of activity. This can include the youth club sectors, for example uniformed organisations and youth clubs, as well as play schemes, holiday clubs and kids clubs operated by organisations such as local authorities. 

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Reference :  YST.(2009). The PE and Sport Strategy for Young People: A Guide to Delivering the Five Hour Offer. Loughborough: Youth Sports Trust


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