Thousands of children will benefit from more sports activities after school and in the school holidays through a funding boost to help schools make better use of their facilities.
As part of a national drive to encourage 60 minutes of physical activity per day across the week, the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced total funding worth £2.4 million for better sports activities and teaching.
Included in the announcement is funding for pilot work in 19 areas across England where schools will be encouraged to collaborate with sports organisations and increase access to school facilities outside of the school day.
The Active Partnership Network, supported by Sport England, will set up partnerships between schools and local sport providers, encouraging schools to open up their sport facilities for fun and engaging sporting competitions, after school clubs and holiday activities.
Leap, the Active Partnership for Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes, successfully applied for funding to be one of the 19 pilot areas.
Leap Director Mark Ormerod, commented,
“We’re happy to announce that Leap successfully bid for Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes to be 1 of 19 pilot areas. This funding will enable us to support schools across the area to open up their facilities, benefiting the school and surrounding community alike.
Work is already underway and we have made contact with all 57 secondary schools.
Initially we are working with secondary schools to ascertain the current extra-curricular usage of their facilities, we intend to complete this mapping in the coming months before embarking on action planning with schools about how they, and their wider communities can benefit from increased usage.”
This investment underlines the government’s manifesto commitment to make sure children get an active start to life, the new investment in school sports facilities builds on plans set out in the Sport and Activity Action Plan to provide safe and familiar environments for children to take part in activities that encourage good physical health as well as important skills for the future, like teamwork and discipline.
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If you’re a school and would like more information on this work please contact Mark Stokes firstname.lastname@example.org
(Please note that whilst we’re prioritising work with Secondary schools, we’re also happy to talk to Primary Schools who have facilities they would like to open up for community use.)