The Telegraph reports that Ministers have been accused of “betraying the legacy” of the London Olympics after it emerged scores of school playing fields have been sold off while the number of sports coaches in state schools has plummeted since the last Games.
Figures show that 95 school playing fields have been sold between the Games in August 2012 and the end of 2015, at a rate of two playing fields a month.
Each of the sales has to be approved by a committee which was forced to publish details regularly of sold off sports fields after the “Keeping the Flame Alive” campaign launched in the wake of the 2012 Games by the Telegraph.
Other official figures show a big fall off in the number of sports coaches teaching a variety of sports from archery, wrestling, hockey to football in schools.
They show that between 2011 and 2015 that number of Level One coaches – who are qualified to run a safe and enjoyable games session in schools – fell by 65 per cent to 1,125.
More advanced Level Two coaches – who can work unsupervised – in schools in England and Wales was down 23 per cent to 2,249.
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