£150m a year primary school sport funding guaranteed until 2020 to secure Olympic and Paralympic legacy!
Cornwall Sports Partnership are delighted by today's news announced by Prime Minister David Cameron that has committed to keeping the £150m a year Primary PE and Sport Premium until 2020. This means at least £750m going straight to head teachers across a five year Parliament.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: "Sport is so important because it encourages children to be active, lead a healthy lifestyle, make friends and, of course, have fun. But quality school sport has benefits that spread right across the curriculum and beyond - it develops confidence and a sense of achievement, it teaches young people how to rise to a challenge, and nurtures the character and skills that will help them get on and succeed in life." In addition to extending the premium, the Prime Minister also confirmed that from this month primary schools across England will be able to apply for a share of an £18
million fund to improve outdoor spaces for PE and sporting activities. The Lottery-funded scheme will be run by Sport England and will prioritise schools with limited outside space and a strong commitment to PE and sport. The Prime Minister also announced an additional £11 million investment for the School Games to help continue to inspire more young people to take up competitive sport. This includes confirmation of School Games Organiser funding for a fifth
academic year (September 2015 - August 2016).
Craig Handford, Cornwall Sports Partnership lead on Primary PE and Sport Premium said: "These announcements add some real permanency to the great work that has been delivered in Cornwall up to now. It gives schools and supporting partners the confidence to develop their interventions for the long-term and to really embed a sustainable change for young people."