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Sports: Children

Volume 479: debated on Monday 29 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much it will cost to provide coaching and competition in sport for all school children by 2012. (224048)

Funding for the PE and Sport Strategy for Young People (PESSYP) will total more than £783 million over the next three years. This will bring Government and lottery investment in young people's PE and sport since 2003 to £2.4 billion by 2011.

Coaching and competition in sport is central to our ambitions to offer all 5 to 16- year-olds two hours of high quality PE and sport a week at school, and all 5 to 19-year-olds an additional three hours of sport outside the curriculum. Through the PESSYP we will increase the quality and quantity of coaches available to work with young people both inside and beyond school hours. We will also create a world-class system for competitive sport, supported by a new network of 225 competition managers in England.