Andy Burnham-“world-leading school sport system is being dismantled”

A new survey of school sports leaders reveals that they expect to see a fall in competitive sporting events provided in schools.

The sports leaders also expect to see fewer children participating in at least two hours of sport each week.

David Cameron promised a rethink on school sport after plans to cut all funding provoked an angry backlash from children, teachers and sports stars.

Andy Burnham said: “In 1997, Labour inherited a weak school sports system. We changed that to ensure that every child had the opportunity to take part in high quality sport, including competitive sport.

“Michael Gove’s ill-informed decision to scrap the entire grant for school sports prompted an angry backlash – and forced the Prime Minister to promise a rethink. But this survey shows that nothing has changed.

“A world-leading school sport system is being dismantled before our eyes. It is hard to imagine a more depressing sight in the run-up to an Olympic Games on home soil.

“Young people are bearing the brunt of Michael Gove’s poor decision-making. They deserve better than this but it’s what we’ve come to expect from this incompetent Government. By breaking promise after promise, they are losing support and goodwill.”


About Councillor, Sefton MBC

Councillor, Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council, Victoria Ward, Ward Chair'
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