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The Sport and Physical Activity Partnership for London


13.02.2009 |

New NICE Guidance

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published new guidance on promoting physical activity for children and young people: ‘Promoting physical activity, active play and sport for pre-school and school-age children and young people in family, pre-school, school and community settings’.

The guidance is aimed at everyone who has a direct or indirect responsibility for promoting physical activity for children and young people, including those working in: The NHS, education, local authorities and the wider public, private, voluntary and community sectors. The guidance may also be of interest to parents and other carers.

The recommendations relate to all children and young people up to the age of 18, including those with a medical condition or disability (except where clinical assessment or monitoring is required prior to and/or during physical activity). The guidance does not cover specialised services for children and young people with a disability. There is a specific focus on children aged 11 and under and girls aged 11 to 18.

Recommendations cover:

• National Campaigns
• Raising awareness of the importance of physical activity
• Developing physical activity plans
• Planning the provision of spaces and facilities
• Local transport plans
• Responding to children and young people
• Leadership and instruction
• Training and continuing professional development
• Multi-component school and community programmes
• Facilities and equipment
• Supporting girls and young women
• Active and sustainable school travel plans
• Helping children to be active
• Helping girls and young women to be active
• Helping families to be active

To read the full NICE guidance, visit:

Or download the quick reference guide at: