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How To Spend Your PE And School Sports Premium

13 September 2023

Are you thinking about how to spend your PE and School Sports Premium?  Google just this and you will see all sorts of options from bespoke playground coverings to advice about what you should and should not spend your funding on.  Where do you start and what are your options as a North Essex school?

Firstly, the advice from organisations such as the Youth Sport Trust and Active Essex points to key areas that your plans should cover.  However, before doing the planning you are advised to take stock and understand where you are now.  This may be through data analysis or through assessing which pupils are the least active and how you can aim to change that.  Before you implement a change, be sure to know how you will measure your success and be clear on what that will look like.  Put simply, the objectives and your measurements are likely to centre around the following to ensure maximum positive impact:

  • Teacher CPD
  • All pupils being active for 60 minutes daily
  • Whole-school improvement through great PE and School Sport Provision
  • Increased range of sport for all pupils
  • Increased participation in competitive sport

We can all tick a box, or we can exceed targets and performance indicators with exceptional outcomes for young people in Colchester, Braintree, Chelmsford and the surrounding areas.  As your local sports charity, we are of course not for profit.  This sets us apart from your alternative options and our affiliation with Colchester United Football Club further enhances our offering to schools in North Essex.  We deliver funded programmes, which without impacting on your budget, may inspire a child to read more (Premier League Reading Stars) or a young person to plan healthy meals with their family (the Joy of Moving Programme, which features in our video below).  Colchester United Community Foundation deliver teacher CPD to help all of your teaching staff feel confident and know how to tackle an Ofsted inspection where they are all asked to deliver PE at the same time.  This happened at a school where one of our staff was delivering and the outcome was positive. 

Last year, Colchester United Football club sponsors, Workhorse Group, launched their annual pupil recognition scheme and around 50 Colchester and Essex schools received bespoke reward packs for all nominees.  Then three pupils were invited into the Workhourse Group executive box to watch a game and soak up the atmosphere.   Whether it's funded kits, forming a girls’ football club or a reward lunch time club for pupils, we have seen all of these things happen and more and that is why we do what we do, because making a difference to young peoples' lives matters.

At Colchester United Community Foundation, we have twenty-seven years’ experience partnering with local schools.  We have the infrastructure in Colchester to support our delivery staff.  For instance, we schedule weekly PPA time for all staff.  We also run monthly CPD for our entire workforce, which in August was yoga, this month is dance and in October is supporting neurodiverse children during sports sessions.

Please read our brochure to see the packages that we can offer in school and the wide range of sports that we deliver.

If you would like to talk to us about PE, after-school clubs, lunch time clubs, sports enrichment days, school trips to the stadium, teacher CPD or our funded programmes please email  We are happy to come and meet you in person or to speak over the phone.

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