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Schools: Cricket

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in England play cricket at least once a week in the summer term; (205153)

(2) how many maintained schools in England have at least 10 competitive cricket fixtures each summer term;

(3) how much the Youth Sport Trust spent on cricket in schools in each of the last three years; and what those funds were spent on.

This information is not held centrally. The 2006/07 School Sport Survey found that 90 per cent. (up from 85 per cent. in 2003/04) of maintained schools in England provided cricket during the academic year. The survey also found that 56 per cent. (up from 45 per cent. in 2003/04) of schools were linked to a local cricket club.

Inter-school competition will be further enhanced by the national network of Competition Managers, which will be in place from January 2009.

As a registered charity, the work of the Youth Sport Trust is to help build a better future for young people through sport. They are working with the network of school sport partnerships and sports colleges across the country to ensure all young people have access to at least five hours of PE and school sport by 2012. Their remit is not to fund individual sports, so they have not spent any money directly on cricket, or any other individual sport.