31st May 2018, 11:50 | campaign
The Rugby Football League warmly welcomes the Health Select Committee report into Childhood Obesity published yesterday.
The report considers the involvement of HFSS (high far salt sugar) products and brands in sports sponsorship; and the use of the 'sugar tax' levy to fund additional schools sports activity.
The Committee has endorsed calls for a 9pm watershed on HFSS advertising as part of the Government's childhood obesity strategy. In addition, it would like to see Government look at the involvement of such brands across youth sport from clubs to schools to competitions.
Ralph Rimmer, Interim Chief Executive, The Rugby Football League says: "The Rugby Football League warmly welcomes the report and its recommendations. Sports like Rugby League play a crucial role in giving children a healthy and active start in life.
"In particular, Rugby League excels in providing outstanding sporting opportunities for children in some of the most deprived areas of the country, where health inequalities are stark. But sport alone cannot address the increasing challenge we face as a nation. This involves education, behaviour change and the option to legislate.
"It is important that the levy from soft drinks is earmarked for additional school sport and not general schools funding. Rugby League Foundations offer a range of brilliant activities in primary and secondary schools, including the Sky Try campaign, to ensure that more children are introduced to core skills, team sport and the benefits of an active lifestyle. The sugar tax funding can and should open up even more of these opportunities.
"The Rugby Football League will continue to campaign on this issue on behalf of the sport - locally, regionally and nationally."