Good news for school sports as Coalition makes a U-turn

Olympian Denise Lewis joined young ambassadors as they protested in London against cuts to school sports, which have now seen a U-turn by the Coalition.
Olympian Denise Lewis joined young ambassadors as they protested in London against cuts to school sports, which have now seen a U-turn by the Coalition.
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A U-TURN by the Coalition on funding for sports in schools is a fantastic Christmas gift for campaigner Debbie Foote.

The young ambassador, 17, of Langdale Crescent, Grantham, said she is thrilled with this week’s announcement by the Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove. He has confirmed that school sports partnerships will remain as long as schools wish them to, while additional funding will allow the young ambassador programme to expand.

Further funding will allow time out for secondary school PE teachers to encourage a greater take-up of competitive sport in primary schools.

It is all good news to Debbie, who has led the national campaign to change the decision to axe SSPs, which would have brought an end to young ambassador scheme and events such as the annual mini Olympics.

She said: “I’m really happy that the Government has decided to put some money back into school sports.

“Although it won’t be the structure we have in place at the moment and we will have less funding, it will still be some form of structure, and it will allow the continuation of young people to develop and have a support system in place.

“I’m really proud of all the young ambassadors who campaigned for this. It shows that young people can campaign in a positive way and still get across their opinions.”