Get Active Sports

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Get Active Sports's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Get Active Sports is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

Managing Director
Working with schools, parents
and children to have a lasting and
meaningful impact
Get Active Sports offers affordable childcare throughout
the year, visiting local primary and infant schools and
delivering Ofsted-approved childcare for children in
mainstream education, both before and after school. It also
offers schools high-quality extracurricular sports clubs which
are completely free to the schools and funded by the children’s
parents and guardians. Managing Director Rob Sherwood tells
Our primary focus is to provide sports-based learning for a range of schools,
creating solutions for educational establishments. We provide cover for teachers’
time away from children and are able to offer specific expertise which they may not
have regarding sports education. Based in Berkshire, we cover all across the south
of England including High Wycombe, Reading and Oxford. In the past year we have
begun to franchise the business in places including Northampton and Derby.
We also offer a young play leaders’ scheme for children in their early teens in order
to encourage them to develop leadership skills, in addition to providing a more
age-appropriate form of childcare and offering before and after-school clubs.
Three to one
Get Active Sports began life as three companies which merged into one. The
three founders each provide expertise from a different vantage point – something
that we believe makes us far stronger than we would be apart. Ryan is a qualified
»Managing Director:
»Founded in 2012
»Based in Berkshire
»Services: Sports education and
after-school care
»No. of employees: 60 (up to
100 in the holidays)
Get Active Sports
Highlighting best practice
teacher who formerly taught in schools
and Shaun was previously a sports
teacher. I worked for Southampton
FC as Academy coach. We met at a
conference in 2011 and realised that
we were trying to provide very similar
services in a similar geographical area.
We endeavour to offer an education
which is engaging, motivating and
empowering for all involved. In
recognition of the fact that the work
we do impacts three distinct groups
– children, parents and teachers – we
bring these groups to the fore in all
that we do. We also understand that
sport can be used as a powerful tool
for rehabilitation, especially for children
who, for whatever reason, cannot
be in a classroom. Through offering
a different style of learning, we have
seen the benefits of the services we
offer for these children.
A healthy franchise
Having franchised the business last
summer, we have since sold two
franchises across the UK. We find that
it is at times challenging to take over
other businesses, particularly in terms
of cash flow; however, we appreciate
that this is an issue across the UK.
We recognise that if children are not
involved in sport at an early age, they
are less likely to pursue it in later life.
As such, we hope the service we
provide can offer a lifestyle change
for both parents and children. We
offer a grading sheet for children
to encourage them to track their
progress, using colour codes to mark
development. We find that through
self-grading, children are both
motivated and engaged, and we often
see evidence that they have been
practising the skills they have learnt
with us at home. Indeed, parents often
We provide extracurricular
and after-school sports
The importance of sport
at an early age
We endeavour
to offer an
which is
motivating and
for all involved
ask us for advice in terms of teaching
their children at home, considering
both exactly what the skill is and the
best way in which to convey it.
The education we provide is also
beneficial to teachers, who are able
to learn what children excel in and
struggle with. Through visiting schools
on a weekly basis, we are able to offer
a regular structure to the lives of both
students and teachers. When we work
with a school, we plan for an entire
year, which is especially important
when some have a member of our
team in every day.
Fiscally challenged
Our central challenge is one of finance,
especially due to the fact that we
are operating at a time when school
budgets are being cut more and more.
We find that the first thing that is cut
when a school is struggling financially
is the service we bring. In the last
few years, increasing priority has
been given to numeracy and literacy
We also understand that the holiday
camps we provide require payment
for attendance, which means we
miss out on children who are most in
need of the services we provide. In
2015, the local authority funded PPG
children to allow them to attend the
holiday camps, which was supposed
to be a lasting endeavour. However,
due to further cuts, this was not
Alternative education
We are currently working to create an
alternative education system aimed at
children who have been excluded from
school, using sport as the basis for
everything. This has proven successful
in the past, and we believe it will going
forward too.
In future we hope to continue our
growth to further franchises. The
services we provide are of great
importance to children’s education, as
evidenced by our glowing testimonials
from children and teachers alike.
Overall, we would like to see our
style of education adopted across
the UK and used as an alternative
system to conventional education.
Through catering to more children,
we believe we can make a meaningful
and lasting change to the lives of
The education
we provide is
also beneficial to
teachers, who
are able to learn
what children
excel in and
struggle with
A fun and welcoming
environment for all

This article was sponsored by Get Active Sports. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster