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Competitive Sports: Schools

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to facilitate the development of competitive sports in schools. (310904)

The annual school sport survey has shown a steady rise in the number of young people taking up competitive sport since 2003.

This reflects the fact that competitive school sport is a top priority for this Government as part of our commitment to give every young person the opportunity to do five hours PE and sport a week.

From 2008-11, Government are investing over £25 million in a network of 225 competition managers to increase the number of young people engaged in regular high quality inter-school competitive events.

This is part of the £780 million being invested from 2008-11 in the PE and sport strategy for young people to help create a sustainable sporting legacy from hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.

Furthermore, we have made universal access to regular competitive sport a key part of our new pupil guarantee, which will enshrine in law this Government’s commitment to provide competitive sport for all.