State schools do 3x less sport than independent counterparts

Runners lining upNew data has shown that independent school pupils in the UK participate in almost three times the amount of sports that state school pupils do.

Independent schools are encouraging their pupils to stay fit and healthy with an average of 5.4 hours of sport a week per pupil, and over 40 sports offered. This is in comparison with under 2 hours per week for students across all key stages at state schools.

This figure comes despite most state schools actively encouraging physical activity in the school day, as seen in the Youth Sport Trust survey of 2014.

Commenting on the data, John Claughton, chair of HMC Sports Committee who conducted the study noted that: “There is no doubt that one of the things an active sporting life in school [addresses] is the issue of obesity.”

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