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Youth Sports

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 11 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport [pursuant to her answer of 24 March, Official Report, column 54W], on youth sports, how many (a) specialist sports colleges, (b) school sport co-ordinators, (c) Step into Sport programmes, (d) Community Development Club programmes, (e) Sporting Playgrounds, (f) coaches and (g) club and development programmes there were in October 2002, broken down by region; and how many there are expected to be in each region in (i) October 2003, (ii) October 2004 and (iii) October 2005. [117842]

In October 2002, there were 161 specialist sports colleges designated and operational, 769 School Sport Coordinators in post and 525 schools involved in Step into Sport. The Community Club Development programme had not commenced, and no Sporting Playgrounds projects had been completed. Robust information on coaches is not currently available; a major data-collection exercise will shortly be conducted to address this. Work to build and enhance school/club links had also not commenced.The information for 2002 and expectations for future years, where available, could only be broken down by region at disproportionate cost.