The Department of Culture, Media and Sport today announced a new sport strategy – Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation.
As part of the new strategy the Government aims to widen anti-doping education to all levels of sport; outlining its firm commitment to protecting clean sport in the UK.
UKAD Chief Executive Nicole Sapstead said: "UK Anti-Doping welcomes the Government's new sport strategy, Sporting Future, and its ongoing commitment to protecting clean sport in the UK.
“We are particularly delighted that the Government has committed to widening anti-doping education to all levels of sport.
"Everyone has the right to clean sport and educating those who participate in sport at all levels is integral to preventing doping.
“From protecting medal hopes by supporting elite athletes and coaching staff to understand the anti-doping rules, regulations and processes, through to safeguarding the health of young people by teaching them to make the right choices, anti-doping education is a vital part of the sports strategy in the UK."
Education is integral to UK Anti-Doping’s (UKAD) work in deterring and detecting doping in sport, with a number of programmes in place to help athletes and young people, at all stages of their sporting careers, make the right choices so they can compete, and win, clean.
At the heart of UKAD’s work is the hugely successful 100% me programme, which supports, informs and educates athletes throughout their careers by providing anti-doping advice and guidance. In 2015, UKAD celebrated the 10th anniversary of 100% me which has provided clean sport education to over 25,000 British athletes.
But UKAD’s education strategy is not solely focused on elite sport. In partnership with the British Olympic Association and the British Paralympic Association, UKAD recently launched the Get Set for the Spirit of Sport programme. Aimed at encouraging 10 to 14 year olds to develop a core set of sporting values, Get Set for the Spirit of Sport enables them to make the right decisions on and off the field of play, through a series for free resources available to primary and secondary schools.
Likewise, UKAD’s Accreditation Programme offers universities, colleges and schools the opportunity to act as a standard-bearer for clean sport by providing students with essential anti-doping education and a clean sporting environment in which to train and compete.
To find out how you can implement clean sport education in your school, club or sport contact the UKAD Education team by emailing email@example.com