Survey shows UK parents’ concern over Covid effect on children’s activity

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  • 78% say children doing less than recommend amount of exercise
  • 25% of sports groups unlikely to return when schools reopen

More than two-thirds of UK parents believe their children have become less active during the pandemic, new research has found, placing more pressure on schools before their reopening next week.

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A survey by the leading charity the Youth Sport Trust found 78% of parents said their children were doing less than the government’s recommended 60 minutes of activity a day, while 11% of parents said their children are doing no physical activity at all. The total who said the amount had decreased in the past year was 68%, while only 15% said it had stayed the same.

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