£3m to help our schools build on Olympic legacy
PRIMARY schools are set for a cash boost of more than £3 million to help develop the sports stars of the future.
The Government has handed over the cash to increase participation in sport following the London Olympics.
In total, £3,156,700 will be handed to schools in Notts – £677,400 in the city and £2,479,300 in the county – which will be allocated according to the number of pupils in each school.
Andrew Sharp, head teacher at the Robin Hood Primary School in Beckhampton Road, Bestwood Park, said the money would come in useful.
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"Any money that is being given to the school to develop sport is to be welcomed," he said.
"The previous Government did a lot of good work in increasing participation and it's important to carry that on. And following the Olympics, it's good that the legacy is being carried on.
"We did a lot of work at the school talking about it in assemblies.
"But I don't want to see too much red tape attached to this. I wouldn't want to be in a situation where we are told we are spending the money in the wrong places."
They money has come from the Department for Education, the Department of Health and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
The Government says the cash will go directly into the hands of heads and teachers who will decide what is best for their children's needs.
This could vary from specialist coaching and teacher training to dedicated sports programmes, sport clubs and support for after-school or weekend competitions.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: "The Olympic and Paralympic Games marked an incredible year for this country.
"I want to ensure the games count for the future too and that means capitalising on the inspiration young people took from what they saw during those summer months.
"We want to create a culture in our schools that encourages all children to be active and enjoy sport, and helps foster the aspirations of future Olympians and Paralympians.
"Whether we find the future Jessica Ennis, Ellie Simmonds or Mo Farah, or someone who will simply learn to love sport and exercise for a lifetime, this investment will benefit a whole generation of children for many years to come."