Opening School Facilities
Sport England have announced that £10.1 million of Department for Education funding (DfE) will be invested into the Active Partnership network to:
- To help develop extracurricular opportunities and community links for children and young people.
- Support schools to open and re-open their facilities to the local community.
In July 2019 the DfE, DCMS and DHSC published the School Sport and Activity Action Plan (the Action Plan). This Action Plan was a joint commitment to ongoing collaboration at national level to ensure that sport and physical activity are an integral part of both the school day and after-school activities. Opening School Facilities phase 2 programme supports this commitment and Active Lancashire are responsible for the delivery of this programme across Lancashire.
Active Lancashire’s role is to provide support and investment to schools to help deliver after school provision to help young people reconnect, recover and return to play. Particularly focusing on those schools with a high percentage of pupils on FSM, pupil premium or in areas of deprivation where locally activity levels amongst children and young people are typically low. We will also look to support schools to help open or reopen their facilities to the local community, as local evidence suggests that schools are community hubs where people feel safe.
Overview of Phase 2 Investment
Please see the report below. This report showcases where investment has gone across the county, our priorities for the support and investment allocated, and some initial reporting in terms of the impact made. This is the initial evaluation of the programme. Our second phase of reporting will contain reporting from schools and the direct impact the support has made. We aim to have this before Christmas 2021. You can learn more about the first phase of Opening school Facilities both locally and nationally here