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Participation in school sport has spent the last two years going backwards at the time we should have been building the Olympic legacy, according to a survey of over 1,000 schools and sports organisers. 

Clive Efford MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Sport, said:

“David Cameron’s decision to cut funding to school sport is a disaster for our young people.  Rather than building on the improvements Labour made, we’ve seen participation actually falling in more than one in three of our schools.  David Cameron is failing to seize this once in a lifetime opportunity to secure a lasting Olympic legacy.”

68 per cent of school sports organisers who work in a total of 3,617 schools said that they had seen a decrease in participation since Michael Gove removed the ring fence from funding for School Sports Partnerships. 

Over one third of primary and secondary school teachers reported that they had seen a decline in participation. 

Every school in the country was part of a School Sport Partnership (SSP) but the funding was cut in 2011.  88 per cent of school games organisers who have been involved in SSPs said that they preferred the system that existed under the ring fenced funding for the partnerships than the current system of PE Teacher release. 

The Government tried to mask what was going on in schools by refusing to continue to monitor participation in school sport through the PE and sport survey.  The Smith Institute has carried out an extensive survey aimed at filling this void.

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