Raising the importance of Physical Literacy: Dr Liz Durden-Myers helps to shape a new sport and recreation strategy.


On the 10th of March Dr Liz Durden-Myers (@LizDurdenMyers) alongside Ali Oliver MBE (CEO of the YST) and Sue Wilkinson MBE (CEO of AfPE) presented evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee for Sport and Recreation.

The House of Lords Committee aim to consult a range of experts to help guide a National Plan for Sport and Recreation as well as inviting the public to provide their views on how we can remove barriers to participation in sport and recreation and facilitate more active lifestyles.

The Committee will look at a wide range of issues including: 

  • how we can increase physical activity, including among young people
  • how we can increase participation in sport among underrepresented groups including women and girls, disabled people, people from ethnic minority communities and low income groups, and
  • whether current funding structures are effective in getting money to where it has most impact.

For more information about the Committee please click here.

Specifically Liz, Ali and Sue tackled the issues and opportunities surrounding Physical Education, School Sport and Community Club Links.

The full evidence session can be viewed and dowloaded here or alternatively the transcript can be accessed here.

In the Press

Liz also received local media attention with the following articles being written:

Finally, Liz appeared on BBC Points West advocating the importance of physical literacy, physical education and school sport.

BBC Points West Interview – Dr Liz Durden-Myers

Specifically, Liz championed the role of Physical Literacy in uniting the movement and allowing multi-agencies to share a common language, goal and approach to promoting lifelong engagement in physical activity.

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