Going straight from a PE lesson into participating in a sports club is a big step. Confidence, cost and location mean that extra-curricular sports clubs at school are an essential mechanism in triggering a self-referral into sport.

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The exception to this is Secondary Schools of course where PE teachers have a greater all-round knowledge of sport but even they have seen benefits from the team of sport-specific Development Officers employed by THYSF. The Development Officers run borough competitions, they run borough clubs and district teams and they manage training courses and insets, so all elements of a particular sport are at a school’s fingertips.

THYSF has supported schools in growing participation in extra-curricular sports clubs to over 40%. In a borough where less than 15% of children access sport outside of school, this is an essential way of increasing participation, improving skills and providing more opportunities for exercise.

 The exception to this is Secondary Schools of course where PE teachers have a greater all-round knowledge of sport but even they have seen benefits from the team of sport-specific Development Officers employed by THYSF. The Development Officers run borough competitions, they run borough clubs and district teams and they manage training courses and insets, so all elements of a particular sport are at a school’s fingertips.

Whilst some teachers can and do deliver exceptional after-school sports clubs they have a lot pressure on them to prioritise other things and it is also rare that they will have the expertise and knowledge to significantly enhance curricular PE in a wide range of sports. Filtering through all of the coaching companies trying to get work in schools can also be difficult, even for experts.