Opening school facilities outside of the normal school day to school and community users, to create sustainable change in physical activity levels.
Ain of programme
Opening Schools Facilities (OSF) is a Department for Education (DfE) school funding programme to meet the goals of the Government’s School Sport and Activity Action Plan (SSAAP). The aim is to help schools to open their existing sport facilities, including school swimming pools, for a broader range of young people and to support the wider community by partnering with sporting organisations, who can help deliver activities in these settings.
To support schools to open their facilities outside of the normal school day (evenings, weekends, and holidays) to allow children & young people and the wider community to access more opportunities to be physically active.
To open school swimming pools focusing on swimming and water safety lessons both during and outside the school day for pupils at their school and for pupils at other local schools.
Participants are provided with a range of stimulating and enjoyable opportunities to take part in physical activity and sport, in addition to that experienced within PE lessons and extra-curricular activities. This means NEW and additional extra-curricular activities are eligible.
Participants are signposted to take part in the same or similar activities in their local community, following the end of their participation in the programme.
School OSF Guidance Pack
Further information and support
Schools should work in the first instance with their district OSF co-ordinator (where applicable) to support their application. If you don’t know who this is, you can also contact us at email@example.com and we can ensure you receive the support you need.