Pupils from all over the country got the chance to meet Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill at a special event designed to build young people’s confidence and life skills through sport

The Youth Sport Trust helps young people identify and nurture their sporting talent. Champion Team GB hockey player Alex Danson talks about the change sport has made in her life

Britain’s alarming rates of childhood obesity can be partly attributed to a lack of quality sporting facilities. Sarah Hall of the Football Foundation outlines strategies to fight this trend

Physical activity has always been considered a vital part of education, but with activity and fitness levels falling, David Stalker, ukactive’s chief executive officer,  urges schools to take a whole-day approach to getting pupils fit and active

The Youth Sport Trust has forged partnerships over the years to create a network of role models and mentors that believe in the power of sport to change lives, reports John Steele of the Youth Sport Trust

The Premier League, The FA and the Government together with Sport England have recently announced a new fund of £102m is to be delivered, by the Football Foundation, into grassroots facilities across England over the next three years.

Ukactive’s chief executive officer, David Stalker, looks behind two studies which show that levels of physical activity among young people are plummeting, and discusses
 the wider benefits of physical activity in schools

In a time of budgetary constraints, how can schools still afford to improve their fitness offering and see a return on investment? Andy Barge, group manager for Forest of Dean District Council based in Coleford, Gloucestershire explains how he helped to support local schools Wyedean and Five Acres do this

The Football Foundation is determined that schools have the chance to love the beautiful game even more by offering grants to create sporting opportunities and build community spirit

The Football Foundation’s Rory Carroll explains why an £18m Premier League funded scheme to develop new or refurbished sports facilities for local people is good news for schools

With the Olympics fresh in the minds of pupils, now is a good time to develop sports facilities that will help the next generation of Olympians. But how can this be done on a budget?

Following last summers riots, a survey commissioned by the Football Foundation found that 60 per cent of people surveyed believed that improving sporting facilities for young people would reduce anti-social behaviour. Richard Faulkner of the Football Foundation outlines the case for football, and details the application process for funding.

Sport England’s Community Sport Director, Mike Diaper, explains how the organisation’s new five-year youth and community sport strategy which embraces its legacy programme, Places People Play, will create a meaningful and lasting community sports legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by making better connections between school and community sport

A successful joint venture between a Gloucestershire school and its town council  has resulted in the construction of a new £1.2m sports hub and could prove to be a useful co-operative model for other small towns across the UK

As the Olympic and Paralympic Games loom, will they inspire and excite young people to engage in sport and physical activity? Or will a preoccupation with the concept of sport hinder progress?

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