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Sports England strategy provides £1 billion for sporting legacy

10/01/2012 Kelly
A brand new five-year £1 billion strategy aims to provide every secondary school in England with its own community sports club, Sport England and the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt have announced.

In a bid to use the London 2012 Olympics as a spring board to improve young people's participation in sport, the strategy could result in more physical education teaching jobs becoming available.

With promises to leave a lasting legacy from the Olympics ever present since London first won the bid to host the games, the new youth and community sport strategy aims to do just that.

Under the plans, £1 billion of funding from the National Lottery and the Exchequer will be invested between now and 2017 to create a long-term community sports legacy.

The aim is to transform the face of sport in England within five years of the Olympics, making sporting participation a lifelong activity for many more young people.

"Changing the sporting behaviour of a generation is a major challenge which has not been achieved by any other Olympic host nation," said Sport England chief executive Jennie Price.

"With a new focus on young people and an even tougher, government-backed, regime of payment by results, Sport England and its partners are determined to deliver."

Among the provisions of the programme, each of the 4,000 secondary schools in England will have the opportunity to have a community sports club on its site which will be directly linked to a national government body (NGB).

County-level sports partnerships will also be provided with resources to improve links with local schools and community sports organisations while a £40 million local sport fund will be provided to local authorities to help them upgrade sports provisions.

The leaders of NGBs including the Football Association, England and Wales Cricket Board and British Cycling welcomed the news.

Commenting on the programme, Jeremy Hunt said: "We are absolutely determined to leave a real and lasting legacy for young people from London's Olympic and Paralympic Games."

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