Clive Efford MP, Labour’s Shadow Sports Minister, said in response to the Government’s school sports announcement today said:
“Maintaining participation in sport among young people beyond the age of 16 has always been a challenge and we welcome the government’s attempt to address this, but this will be made harder if the numbers of school children taking part in regular sports activities falls as a result of the Government’s cuts. This will be impossible to measure because the Government are no longer monitoring participation in schools for those under 14 years of age.
“There is no coordination with what is happening in schools and what has been announced today. School Sports Partnerships increased the number of school children taking part in a minimum of two hours sport per week from one in four in 1997 to over 90 percent in 2010. That is why the Government was wrong to cut the money for school sports by over 60 percent.
“There is no new money in today’s announcement and the Government’s contribution is only guaranteed until 2015. Given the severe cuts they have imposed on school sports there can be little confidence that the Government will meet its commitments to fund sport in the future.”