City schoolchildren to get more sport as Olympic legacy
Cambridge primary schools are to receive just under an extra £200,000 a year from the government to give youngsters more PE and sport.
The news has been welcomed by Cambridge MP, Julian Huppert who claims this is an excellent legacy from the Olympics and Paralympics last summer.
“This money will help to promote sport and celebrate achievement,” said Julian. “If we can encourage our youngsters to take an interest in sport at an early age there is a chance they will carry that interest through life.
“It is so important to make sure that our school timetables have enough flexibility to encourage children to take up a range of activities. This extra money means teachers have more opportunity to widen access to sports and that should benefit everyone. It’s a chance for our children be fitter and healthier and we could also see some future Olympic champions!”
Schools will receive a share of £191,290 from a national pot of £150 million agreed by the government in March. The money will go directly into the hands of primary school teachers from September and be ring-fenced so that it can only be used for PE and sport.
School inspectors Ofsted will hold schools accountable for how they spend the extra money.