Extra money for school sports days

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Sports: Primary schools are part of the Olympic legacy Sports: Primary schools are part of the Olympic legacy

Primary schools will get £1.5m funding for sports in the next six years.

The pledge from David Cameron will see £150m a year committed to primary schools for sport and PE – meaning Richmond schools will get £1,576,710 between now and 2020.

Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park, said: “It is great news for young people in Richmond Park that the Government has committed £150m a year to securing the Olympic and Paralympic legacy in our primary schools.

“Sports are important for children on so many levels, mentally, physically and socially.”

Primary schools around England are already using the premium to get children doing more sport by hiring extra professional coaches, buying equipment, offering more after-school clubs and delivering holiday and weekend activities.

The Prime Minister said: “Sport is so important because it encourages children to be active, lead a healthy lifestyle, make friends and, of course, have fun.

“But quality school sport has benefits that spread right across the curriculum and beyond – it develops confidence and a sense of achievement, it teaches young people how to rise to a challenge, and nurtures the character and skills that will help them get on and succeed in life.

“It’s an important part of our long-term plan to deliver the best schools and skills for young people.

“That is why I am committing to guarantee the primary school sports funding until 2020.”

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