Osborne said the money raised from the levy will be used to double the primary school PE and sport premium from £160m a year to £320m a year from September 2017 to “help schools support healthier, more active lifestyles”.
Meanwhile 25 per cent of secondary schools will be able to opt in to a longer school day from September 2017 so that they can offer a wider range of activities for pupils. The government will provide up to £285m a year to pay for this.
“[Longer school hours] will be voluntary for schools. Compulsory for the pupils,” Osborne said.
A further £10m a year has been set aside to expand breakfast clubs in up to 1,600 schools starting from September 2017.
Denise Hatton, chief executive of YMCA England, said the levy will go some way to combatting the levels of sugar consumed by young people, but will not work on its own.
“If the chancellor wants to ensure that not just the country but our young people are ‘fit for the future’ we need to see a commitment to protect and enhance community sport initiatives that engage young people in physical activities. The funding for school sport is welcome but the focus must also be on activities within communities, especially those in areas of high deprivation.”