As part of the national School Sport Strategy, all schools in Eastbourne are part of the Hailsham School Sport Partnership (a family of schools which work together to increase participation in PE and school sport). The partnership has received over £1 million in the past three years to support its work in raising participation levels, linking schools to local sports clubs, and increasing the number of pupils involved in sports volunteering. It has seen the percentage of pupils participating in at least two hours of high quality PE and school sport a week rise from 80 per cent. in 2003 to 92 per cent. in 2006.
A further two School Sport Partnerships cover the rest of the schools in East Sussex. The total investment in these three partnerships has been over £3 million since 2003/04. The partnerships also benefit from extra funding for: Competition Managers in the area—raising the quality and quantity of school competition; a Community Sports Coach—bringing a sports specialist into schools; and school swimming—helping weak swimmers become more confident in the water before they finish primary school.