Open letter

On behalf the country’s leading sport organisations, we ask for your commitment to tackle an alarming trend.

The wellbeing of young people across the UK is in decline. This comes at a time when they are increasingly missing out on the benefits of sport and play. Only one in five young people is active for 60 minutes every day and Physical Education is being squeezed from the timetable in many secondary schools.

We believe that the inactivity of young people, and the associated problems this is posing for their physical and mental health and wellbeing, is nothing short of a public health emergency. Too many are growing up overweight or obese, unhappy, lost and lonely.

We ask for your public commitment during this General Election campaign that, should your party form the next government, you would set out a long-term, bold and measurable plan to:

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i) Tackle the decline in young people’s wellbeing through harnessing the power of play, sport and physical education

ii) Ensure every young person enjoys an hour a day of sport and physical activity, backed up by good quality teacher training and investment in school sport facilities.

During this campaign you will be setting out some of your biggest priorities for shaping our country’s future. We urge you to make this one of them.

Yours sincerely,

Adrian Christy, CEO, Badminton England

Andrew Scoular, CEO, British Judo Association

Andy Parkinson, CEO, British Rowing

Anna Hall, Head of Participation, British Equestrian Federation

Arun Kang, CEO, Sporting Equals

Ashley Metcalfe, CEO, British Weight Lifting

Barry Horne, CEO, Activity Alliance

Brendon Pyle, CEO, Golf Foundation

Chris Allbut, Director of Programmes, Greenhouse Sports

Chris Jones, CEO, England Athletics

Dan Newton, Development Director, Rounders England

Dan Newton, CEO, Parkour UK

Georgina Usher, CEO, British Fencing

Gethin Jenkins, CEO, England Boxing

Huw Edwards, CEO, ukactive

Jane Allen, CEO, British Gymnastics

Jane Nickerson, CEO, Swim England

Fran Connolly, CEO, England Netball

John Boyd, CEO, BaseballSoftballUK Ltd

Julie Harrington, CEO, British Cycling

Laura Cordingley, CEO, Chance to Shine

Lee Mason, CEO, Active Partnerships

Lisa Pearce, CEO, British Wheelchair Basketball

Lisa Wainwright, CEO, Sport & Recreation Alliance

Mark Bullingham, CEO, The Football Association

Mark Winder, CEO, Goalball UK

Mark Gannon, CEO, UK Coaching

Mike Bain, CEO, England Handball Association

Peter Hart, CEO, British Orienteering

Ralph Rimmer, CEO, Rugby Football League

Richard Norman, CEO, Sports Leaders

Nick Pink, CEO, England Hockey

Scott Lloyd, CEO, LTA

Simon Hill, CEO, UK Ultimate Ltd

Steve Grainger, Rugby Development Director, Rugby Football Union

Stewart Kellett, CEO, Basketball England

Sue Wilkinson, CEO, AfPE

Tara Dillon, CEO, CIMSPA

Tom Harrison, CEO, England & Wales Cricket Board

Stephanie Hilborne, CEO, Women In Sport

Ali Oliver, CEO, Youth Sport Trust

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