Barbara Keeley

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

Barbara says Government is failing our young people with school sports policies

School sportA national survey of over 1,000 Primary & Secondary School teachers and school sport staff has found that over a third of schools have reported a decrease in participation in sport since the Government cut ring-fenced funding for School Sport.

Latest figures for the North West region show that the percentage of men taking part in sport is 41% and the percentage of women is 31%. However, in Salford one in four men and only one in eight women take part in sport. By the age of 15, girls are only half as likely as boys to meet recommended activity levels. It is crucial that effort is made in schools to get girls participating in sport and fitness.

In this new survey, 39.6% of those who responded in the North West reported a decrease in participation in school sport since the Government’s funding cut.

Barbara said:

“This survey is bad news for those who care about getting children and young people involved in sport and fitness. The Conservative-led Government made much of the success of Team GB in the Olympics and Paralympics last year. Now we learn that the Government’s policies have undermined the school sport partnerships which were essential to delivering the Olympic legacy among the current generation of school children.

“In terms of the Olympic legacy, our promise to increase the participation of young people in sport and fitness activities was a very important goal. It is disturbing that the Coalition Government has not built on the improvements Labour made in school sport. It is now clear that the Government’s decision to cut ring-fenced funding for school sport is undermining the chances for our children and young people as we are now seeing participation actually falling in more than one in three of our schools.”

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