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DfE announces £150m school sports funding

02/07/2013 Kelly
The government has unveiled a new package of measures designed to boost school sport.

Some £150 million is being made available - as those in power look to secure a post-Olympics legacy - and the money will be used to target primary school children. Under the terms of the deal, headteachers will be able to decide what to do with the money.

The funding will be used to improve the level of sport and physical education (PE) offered by primary schools, as the Department for Education seeks to address the issue of childhood obesity.

In order to make sure every primary school is aware of the initiative, children's minister Edward Timpson has written to them, while an online resource has also been created to help them decide how to spend the money. 

"Giving every child the opportunities they need to stay fit and healthy and to excel at sport is an Olympic legacy we can all be proud of.

"Headteachers know their pupils best and we trust them to spend this money on what will benefit their school's pupils most - from organised football tournaments to new hockey sticks or buying in PE specialists and expert coaches," Mr Timpson added.

He is encouraging schools to put plans in place right away to make sure they can make the most of this ringfenced additional funding, which works out at £9,250 per average primary school and has to be used on sport programmes.

Among the suggestions floated by organisations such as Sport England and the Youth Sport Trust is to hire specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches, providing cover or professional development so more teachers are trained in PE or using the money to buy new equipment.

It comes after National School Sport Week, which ran from June 24th-28th. Held since 2009, 84 per cent of education establishments in Britain have so far taken part in the scheme, which seeks to give them a platform to build links with community groups. 

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