THIS week, Beaconsfield MP Dominic Grieve writes exclusively to Bucks Free Press readers:

Last term I visited Great Marlow School to help celebrate the National School Sport Week.

As pupils return to school for the autumn term, more young people may be able to take part in the national School Sport and Activity Action Plan.

They will certainly have some sporting superstars to emulate, after there were stirring World Cup successes for England’s Lionesses in women’s football and a heart-stopping victory by the men’s cricket team, over the summer.

The Action Plan will give children more opportunity to access 60 minutes of daily sport and physical activity. This may be at school, after school, at weekends or during holidays.

Sport England did some research on the current situation: currently, one in three children are doing fewer than 30 minutes of activity every day.

Schools and sports clubs are set to work together, sharing facilities and expertise.

However, it is not limited to sports like football. The PE and Sport Premium for primary schools has helped to expand the choice of activities since its introduction in 2013.

In one primary school in North Yorkshire, pupils were asked what they would like to try and were able to take part in canoeing, volleyball, climbing and table tennis. There will also be regional pilot schemes to encourage more young people to get active: these will focus on encouraging girls and less advantaged groups who are less active.

Every parent hopes for a happy and healthy child.

It’s important that mental health as well as physical should be supported.

Starting in September, there will be a new £9.3 million mental health training programme launching for every school and college in England.

There will be links between schools, colleges and specialist NHS services.

1,500 schools and colleges have already taken part during the pilot stage of the programme.