Tessa Jowell MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Olympics, commenting on the findings of Labour’s Freedom of Information requests that have shown a 60% decline in the amount of time dedicated to organising school sport and a 37% decline in the number of School Sport Partnerships, said:
"When we won the Games, we made a promise to the people of this country and the international community to inspire a generation of young people through sport.
"The Olympic and Paralympic Games are a once in a lifetime event that will get young people excited about sport. It is important that schools are able to maintain this momentum and help young people develop sport and exercise as a habit that will keep them healthy and fit for the rest of their lives.
"It is not yet too late for the Government to keep the promise that we made and make the most of this Olympic moment."
Clive Efford MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Sport, added:
"Every school was involved in a School Sports Partnership and they succeeded in getting over 90 per cent of children participating in two hours of sport per week.
"They were the foundation for a national sports strategy that we should be building on. It is incredible that David Cameron can complain that too many of our top sports people come from private schools when he is damaging the structure of sport in our state education system."