13/01/21 – Children’s Physical Activity: The Damage Done and How to Address It

Speakers: Michael Follett, OPAL; Greg Dryer, University of Kingston and miMove app; Dr Jackie Musgrave, Open University

13 January 2021

All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood

‘Children’s Physical Activity: The Damage Done and How to Address It

Chair: Steve McCabe MP

  • Michael Follett, CEO of OPAL (Outdoor Play and Learning)
  • Greg Dryer, Centre Director; Co-Founder of miMove (miMoveapp.com), Centre for Physical Education, Sport and Activity (PESA) – Kingston School of Education
  • Dr Jackie Musgrave, Programme Lead for Early Childhood and Education Studies (Primary), Early Childhood at the Open University

As this was a Zoom meeting we are able to share a recording instead of the usual meeting notes.

You can access the recording here.

Order and Timings:

  • 00:00 Steve McCabe MP – Chair’s introduction
  • 33:48 Questions and Discussion

You should also be able to read and follow the chat flow which has further questions and responses.

The following links were posted in the chat and are summarised here:

From Prof. Francis McGlone, Liverpool John Moores University – here is a link to a book

The Impact of Play on the Developing Social Brain – New Insights from the Neurobiology of Touch


From Alice Ferguson, Playing Out – Open Letter to Government


From Ben Jessop, Sport England: Latest official statistics from the Active Lives Children and Young People’s Survey


From Fiona Paterson, The Daily Mile – evidence about the impact of The Daily Mile