OPENING SCHOOLS FACILITIES
Phase One Pilot October 2019 – December 2020
Working in partnership with North Yorkshire Sport, County Durham Sport were one of 19 pilot projects commissioned by Sport England to deliver the initial Opening Schools Facilities project between October 2019 and December 2020, as outlined in the Government’s School Sport and Activity Action Plan July 2019.
Following on from this pilot, in February 2021 the Department for Education announced that more than £10.1 million will be invested to support school sports and swimming facilities in England, and will be distributed through Sport England. This targeted investment to selected schools will build on existing funding to help schools open their facilities outside of school hours, and encourage pupils to be more physically active.
WHAT WE DID
The initial focus of this work was to gather intelligence on the facilities available in secondary schools and how they are used by the school and local community as well as identifying good practice which could be shared locally and nationally. We also wanted to better understand the barriers that primary schools face in opening up their facilities.
We completed a piece of desk research across both areas from a range of sources and asked secondary schools to complete a brief survey to gather more information on what facilities are in place, how they are open and where schools feel there are opportunities to increase this usage.
Using local intelligence and the surveys, we identified focus schools for a ‘deep dive’ to look at the challenges and opportunities that exist in this work, as well as highlight schools with a varied and sporting offer and how this works. We wanted to find out what is working well for schools across the network and to better understand some of the challenges schools face in opening up their facilities to community use and helping to broaden the offer of sport and physical activity in their communities.
Click here to view the results. (link to be supplied)
PHASE ONE YOUTH VOICE SURVEY
We have worked with schools to enable young people to complete a youth voice survey – telling us about the facilities in their school, what is important to them when they are choosing sport and physical activity sessions and what sports they would like to try.
The survey gave us a powerful insight into the activity levels of young people just as the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Where schools had a significant number of pupils completing the survey, we produced bespoke reports and infographics which can be used by the schools to develop their offer and encourage their pupils to become more active.
Click here to view the results. (NB – better for SEO to link via a relevant sentence – i.e… The results of the Youth Voice Survey can be viewed here)
For some schools, we mapped the sport and leisure facilities within travelling distance, including this information in the final reports for the school. Linking this community mapping to the youth voice survey, and other consultation with young people, will enable schools to look at potential gaps in provision.
USE OUR SCHOOL RESOURCE
Use our School is provided by Sport England and offers free resources to support schools in opening their facilities to the community.
More information about the “Use our School” resources can be found via this link. (Link to be supplied)
OPENING SCHOOLS FACILITIES – PHASE 2
• Expression of Interest form
• FAQs (PDF download – opens in new window).
Further information regarding County Durham Sport’s activities and projects involving children and young people can be found via the below links.
ACTIVE LIVES: CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE
It is important for County Durham Sport to understand children and young people’s attitudes and behaviours towards physical activity as this allows us to shape appropriate opportunities for them to become more active.
OPENING SCHOOLS FACILITIES
Working in partnership with North Yorkshire Sport, County Durham Sport were one of 19 pilot projects commissioned by Sport England to deliver the initial Opening Schools Facilities project between October 2019 and December 2020,
PRIMARY PE & SPORT PREMIUM
County Durham Sport are working closely to support primary schools to ensure their Primary PE and School Sport Premium is used to appropriately fund improvements to PE and School Sport provision.
COUNTY DURHAM SPORT COMMUNITY
The Government Childhood Obesity Plan has set out the ambition for all children to achieve 60 minutes of physical activity every day, with schools being responsible for delivering 30 of these active minutes and parents also being responsible for 30 active minutes
At County Durham Sport, we believe that all children and young people should have the opportunity to participate in physical activity whatever their ability. We are dedicated to improving the access to physical activity for all children and young people with a disability across County Durham.