Opening Up School Facilities

The project aims to improve the understanding of the current landscape as well as the barriers, solutions and success factors which are linked to school facility usage after the school day, at weekends and during the holidays.

The School Facilities Project

As part of the School Sport and Activity Action Plan, the Department for Education have invested into a pilot project to support schools to open their sports facilities.

London Sport are looking to learn from schools and support them with opening their sports facilities in order to broaden the offer of extra-curricular and out-of-school sporting and physical activities available to pupils and the wider community.

The current covid-19 situation has made this work more important than ever.

With limited options available for activity the need for accessible space for school children and communities to remain active in, is vital. It is hoped that this funding will allow schools to explore different ways to open their spaces safely, and for this learning to be expanded across London.

The specific aims for the project are:

  1. Provide greater community access to school sporting facilities outside of school hours i.e. after school, at weekends and during school holidays.
  2. Increase the range of sporting and physical activities available to both the pupils at your school, and the wider community on your school site.
  3. Encourage more young people to form a physical activity habit for life.

Opening Up School Facilities Updates

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: The deadline for schools to express their interest in being part of this initial pilot closed on 1 October 2020. A review of received EoIs is due to take place 2-9 October with decisions made and communicated with schools w/c Monday 12 October.

OPPORTUNITY: Schools interested in opening up their facilities for greater community physical activity and sport use are invited to express their interest to London Sport using the form available. 

This opportunity has now closed.

BLOG: Specialist Advisor for Children and Young People Gary Palmer looks at how broadening access to school’s sport facilities could be a vital piece to the puzzle of re-activating our children following the period of lockdown due to the covid-19 outbreak. Read his blog here.

NEWS: London Sport welcomes new government funding to help schools open up sports facilities all year round. London Sport will receive part of a £1.6m government fund to assist schools open up their sports facilities all year round to boost physical activity levels in the capital. Read more here.

Resources and Learnings

We will share the learnings from our work to open up school facilities in due course.

This work has been severely impacted by the November lockdown and the schools, for the vast majority of pupils, closing in January 2021 with no confirmed re-opening date.

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