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Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 25 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to promote increased participation in volleyball in schools and sports clubs. [121407]

Games activities (which may include volleyball; the National Curriculum does not specify which games must be taught) are a compulsory part of the Physical Education National Curriculum and must be taught to all pupils aged 5–16. School Sport Co-ordinator partnerships are encouraged to make links with local clubs, which may include volleyball clubs.Beyond schools, Sport England supports the English Volleyball Association (the recognised national governing body in England) with an Exchequer grant that includes an allocation for youth development and adult participation. Sport England has also included volleyball in the DCMS project for volunteers "Step into Sport" As a designated Sport England Partnership sport, volleyball can also benefit from services provided by County Sports Partnerships.