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Cuts Watch #328: The campaign to save school sports

05 Dec 2010, by in Cuts Watch

The range of people campaigning against the decision to abolish School Sports Partnerships and end funding for the Youth Sports Trust must have surprised the government. Its certainly produced uncertainty round the cabinet table – on Tuesday night David Cameron said the government was going to “look carefully” at the issue, with the Telegraph reporting that the funding to be made available was “believed to be” £100 million – more than half the £162 million saved by the cuts. But then the Department for Education began counter-briefing that

David Cameron is taking a close interest in the issue but that is not a U-turn. The decision around the £162m and the sports strategy has been made and will not be reversed.

Ministers seem to be worried by the unusual coalition that has come together to defend school sports – including Paralympic and Olympic medallists, famous professional sportspeople and people involved in School Sports Partnerships who were upset at Michael Gove’s criticisms.

Young people themselves have emerged as leaders of this campaign. Debbie Foote, a 17 year old from Lincolnshire is the Chair of the “Young Ambassadors”, who work with the partnerships and the Youth Sports Trust to increase participation in school sport. She distributed petitions to all 450 Partnerships, who then circulated them to every school – where the teaching unions have helped promote them – and set up “Young Ambassadors Saving School Sport” on Facebook, which was followed by “Save School Sport Partnerships”.

On Tuesday her petition – predicted to have half a million signatures – will be carried on a walk to Westminster by leading athletes and young people to be handed over in Downing Street.

3 Responses to Cuts Watch #328: The campaign to save school sports

  1. Indra Adnan
    Dec 5th 2010, 4:52 pm

    Obligatory school sports will address the lack of exercise and health for everyone. The School Olympics, will yet again, only help the elite.

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  3. Imogen Radford
    Dec 6th 2010, 4:34 pm

    PCS members who work in the field are concerned as well.

    Reps from PCS’s culture, media and sport sector – which covers thousands of staff in the department, Sport England and UK Sport – are urging all members to get behind the campaign to save the £162m budget.