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£150m Olympic legacy boost for Primary School sport in England

Posted on 16 March 2013  - 09:05

The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation welcomes a new £150m-a-year government investment into Primary school sport, announced by the Prime Minister today.

£150m Olympic legacy boost for Primary School sport in England

Our award-winning Foundation has successfully been using the unique appeal of the Club to deliver multi-sports activities for Key Stage 1 and 2 students in schools throughout our local community since its launch in 2007.

The programme delivers high quality physical education sessions in schools, covering a variety of sports throughout the course of the academic year to engage children and improve their social skills along with their health and fitness.

Now, on the back of the success of London 2012, the new government funding aims to further improve coaching for the youngest pupils and inspire the Olympic and Paralympic stars of the future.

The Premier League, with the help of its 20 member club community schemes, will act as one of a number of bodies charged with delivering this provision.

Ledley King, Club Ambassador, is heavily involved with the work of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and this week attended a multi-sports session at Muswell Hill Primary School, Haringey.

He said: “We have seen how the London 2012 Olympics captured the imagination of the country. It is up to football clubs like ours to use that growing interest in sport to encourage more young people to take up different sports, not just football.

“The work of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation is an example of how coaches representing a Premier League football club can benefit the education, health and well-being of young children in a fun and exciting way.

“We believe that participation in sports at a young age is vital to a healthy and active lifestyle that a person can carry throughout the rest of their life.”

Ledley at Muswell Hill Primary School

Grant Cornwell MBE, Chief Executive, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, added: “The Foundation has always been committed to delivering high quality school sport provision.

"We use sport as the hook to engage young people in school, using the unique appeal a Premier League football club has to inspire them in a way that can be of benefit to them back in the classroom, as well as in their PE lessons.

“Our coaches, wearing the iconic Tottenham Hotspur tracksuit, are looked up to by the young people they work with as a link to something inspirational.

“We wholeheartedly support any initiative that helps keep our children active and helps reduce obesity.”

The new sports funding aims to improve the quality of provision in every state primary school in England.

This means:
• A lump sum for each school, with a per-pupil top-up. A typical primary school with 250 primary aged pupils would receive £9,250 per year. This is the equivalent of around two days a week of a primary teacher or a coach's time – enough to make sure every pupil in the school can do sport with a specialist.

• ‘Ring-fenced’ funding – only to be spent on sport - will go directly into the hands of heads and teachers who will decide what is best for their children’s needs. This could vary from specialist coaching and teacher training to dedicated sports programmes, Change4Life sport clubs and support for after-school or weekend competitions.

• A greater role for Britain’s best sporting and voluntary organisations, including National Governing Bodies who will increase the specialist coaching and skills development on offer for primary schools.

• Tougher assessment of sport provision via Ofsted to ensure the funding is bringing the maximum benefit for all pupils, with schools held to account for how they spend the money.

• Sport England investing £1.5 million a year of lottery funding through the County Sport partnerships to help Primary Schools link up with local sports coaches, clubs and sports governing bodies.

• New provision as part of initial teacher training to produce a cadre of primary teachers with a particular specialism in PE. This is being developed in conjunction with sporting bodies and will start with a pilot covering 120 primary teachers, with the first of these beginning work in schools in September 2013.

Coaching at Muswell Hill Primary School

The Prime Minister David Cameron said:

"The Olympic and Paralympic Games marked an incredible year for this country and I will always be proud that we showed the world what Britain can do.

"I want to ensure the Games count for the future too and that means capitalising on the inspiration young people took from what they saw during those summer months.

"With this new approach to sport, we can create a culture in our schools that encourages all children to be active and enjoy sport, and helps foster the aspirations of future Olympians and Paralympians.”

Record levels of funding have already been announced for elite sport and youth and community sport - totalling £1.5 billion in the run up to Rio 2016.

This is already starting to have an impact with the number of adults taking part in sport at an all time high of 15.5 million.

Today’s move complements the £1 billion youth and community sport strategy that is increasing opportunities for secondary school age children to play more sport.

The new support for primary school is funded by the Department for Education, Department of Health and Department for Culture, Media and Sport.