youth activity

Key findings Given our poor track record of engaging

children and young people in activity over the last 40 years, it’s hard to see how we are any better placed to solve the problem today. “We are very clear that this is both a

challenging area of work and also something which will require concerted, joint effort over the long term. The levels of inactivity, obesity and poor mental health amongst our children do mean that there are higher levels of public consciousness about this,” says Allen. “We're


to do what we can to work with our members and the wider sector to get behind the campaign to establish a fundamental right to be active.” The Alliance has committed to being ‘much

more active and vocal on this issue’ and has established it as one of its four key strategic priorities. The Alliance’s role will be to co- ordinate, bring voices together and crucially, to make sure that the voices of children and young people are meaningfully heard moving forward. “The biggest and most pressing need is for

greater co-ordination and for the sector to come together behind a shared vision.”

• We need to work together with children and young people to ensure they are well represented in the design of policy and programmes which affect them

• We need joined up working across the whole system. The system is excessively complex and confusing. It lacks a clear, overarching purpose, and maintains ineffective systems of accountability

• Government must create a long-term strategy

• The sector must develop a common vision and purpose

• We must make sure no child is left behind. Working in co-ordination with the wider youth sector, we must strive to eradicate negative contact and commit to introducing young people to positive experiences of sport, physical activity and recreation.

• We must learn from others and history to identify key learnings. There is an under use of international comparisons. There have been very successful interventions over the period and we need to learn from what has worked and consider opportunities to work at scale and integrate fully into a wider systemic approach 13

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