Worsley and Eccles South MP Barbara Keeley has criticised the Conservative Liberal Democrat Government’s decision to withdraw funding for the School Sport Partnerships initiative.
The Salford South School Sport Partnership works with 57 primary, secondary and special schools, as well as Salford City College. The partnership covers half of Salford, from Irlam in the west, through Eccles, Swinton and Walkden to Little Hulton. It was formed in 2006 under the Labour Government and together with the Salford North School Sport Partnership, has worked to revitalise Physical Education and school sport across Salford.
"Children and young people, teachers, headteachers and sports people are among those who angry that the Conservative Liberal Democrat Government has decided to stop funding the School Sport Partnerships and I am angry about this too.
"The work carried out by Salford South School Sports Partnership has made a real difference to many young people in Worsley and Eccles South. Since 2006, every young person in Salford has had the chance to take part in a wider variety and increased number of Physical Education and sport opportunities. The sports partnership has enabled links from schools to clubs and community groups and has opened up many new opportunities..
"The school sport partnership tailors programmes of activity for all our young people – not just those interested in competitive sport. It encourages them to take part in physical activities and helps them to lead healthier and more active lifestyles.
"The Government’s decision to withdraw the funding from the Partnerships will have serious consequences for the healthof children from across Salford and will widen the gap between those young people with the ability to take part in Physical Education and sport and those who cannot.
"On behalf of young people in Salford, I am opposing this decision by the Conservative Liberal Democrat Government and I urge the Government to think again."