Feb 13 2014

Bob Blackman MP Welcomes £213,728 for Primary School Sport in Harrow East

bob_blackmanLocal MP, Bob Blackman, has welcomed the news that the Prime Minister, David Cameron, has committed to keeping the £150m a year Primary PE and Sport Premium until 2020. This ensures that, between 2014 and 2020, primary schools in Harrow East will receive around £1,282,368 in total, including £213,728 for 2013/2014.

Primary schools around England are already using the premium to get children doing more sport. Schools are using the money for a wide range of activities including hiring extra professional coaches and PE specialist teachers, purchasing new equipment, offering more after-school clubs and delivering holiday and weekend activities.

Bob Blackman MP commented: “Under the last Labour government there were thousands of schools where no pupils at all took part in competitive sport. It is great news for young people in our area that this Government has committed £150 million a year to securing the Olympic and Paralympic legacy in our Primary Schools. This will help to create an education system that gives young people who want to work hard the skills they need to get on in life and have a more secure and better future. It will also secure the Olympic and Paralympic legacy and will help to deliver the best schools for young people in Harrow East.”

Prime Minister David Cameron 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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