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Team Sports

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

21. To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to encourage team sports in schools. (194084)

We are firmly in favour of competitive school sport. Increasing the quality and amount of competitive school sport is a key aim of the Government’s PE and Sport strategy. The 2006/07 School Sport Survey showed that:

98 per cent. of schools held a competitive sports day;

58 per cent. of pupils were involved in intra-school competition; and

35 per cent. of all pupils were involved in inter-school competition.

We are introducing a National School Sport Week and, from January 2009, a national network of Competition Managers, covering every school in the country, will be in place.