Sports Funding

Since 2013, the Government has given allocated funding to schools to improve the quality and breadth of PE and Sports provision. Funding is allocated to all schools and each school is free to determine how best to use the funding to improve PE and Sports provision, this could include increasing participation so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of. As a school we add to the funding to cover further PE and Sports work within the school.

In 2017, the Government has increased the funding; schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport offered.


The funding should be used to:

  • develop or add to the PE and sport activities that your school already offers

  • build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

Key Indicators

There are five key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:

  • the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity - the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school

  • the profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement

  • increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport

  • broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils

  • increased participation in competitive sport