Olympic athletes join school sports cuts protest

“Olympic athletes Denise Lewis and Darren Campbell today joined hundreds of pupils and parents protesting outside parliament over the coalition decision to cut funding for school sports.

Young people delivered a petition to Downing Street with more than half a million signatures after gathering at Westminster with placards urging ministers to “Say no to school sports cuts”.

David Cameron last week promised to look again at the decision by the education secretary, Michael Gove, to cut £162m in funding to school sports partnerships (SSPs) from next March. The money is used to run PE classes in schools where there are no trained staff, organise sports clubs and hold competitions.”

Our View:

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I believe that the decision to cut funding for sports in school is short-sighted particularly with Great Britain hosting the 2012 Olympics. So far the ConDems have appeared to re-consider their stance on some key issues – hopefully this will be one where common sense prevails and the funding is found to continue this good work.

Click here to read the full article by Denis Campbell & Jeevan Vasagar

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