A £1 million ‘early years sports fund’ has been launched by the government to give every child attending nursery in England the chance to have a free sports and activity class.
With many early years settings facing financial challenges during the pandemic, the £1 million early years sports fund has been created by Super Star Sport UK to provide every child who attends an early years setting in England an opportunity to take part in a sports and activity session. The aim is to impact as many children’s lives as possible through participation in sport – following multiple lockdowns over the past year or so.
The class will follow the early years foundation stage guidelines and is specifically designed to ensure every child can participate – as well as to aid learning and development.
The early years sports fund (EYSF) has committed to ensuring all of the costs involved are covered ensuring the children at the nursery receive a 45-minute sports and activity lesson at no expense.
Founder of Super Star Sport UK, Angelo Ciccarelli said: “Following the Covid-19 pandemic and multiple national lockdowns, we have seen many early years providers hit financially. We understand the strain they have been through and so wanted to launch a fund that can support them.
“Not only have the settings been under pressure but many children may have become inactive through the lockdowns affecting their health and wellbeing. “This is why we have launched the early years sports fund which will ensure that children across the country will have the opportunity to get involved in sports and activity classes fully funded for their setting.”
More details can be found at: www.earlyyearssportsfund.co.uk