School sport and a national crisis of inactivity among young people were thrust to the forefront of the general election campaign on Tuesday when the major parties outlined competing plans to tackle what sports leaders say is “a public health emergency”.
In what is another major boost for the Telegraph’s Girls, Inspired campaign, Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan outlined new £17 million plans for upskilling primary school teachers in PE and promised that school inspectors Ofsted will now be “specifically tasked with inspecting and reporting on PE”.
The parties were all responding to seven exclusive columns in the Telegraph in which the chief executives of the Football Association, the English Cricket Board, the Rugby Football Union, British Cycling, the Lawn Tennis Association, Swim England and the Rugby Football League called for the next Government to invest in facilities and ensure every schoolchild has access to an hour of activity each day.
Labour shadow sports minister Rosena Allin-Khan accused the Government of “failing our children”, lacking interest in sport and said that 35,000 hours of PE had been cut from school timetables since 2012. Morgan said that a “Jeremy Corbyn-led Government” would “waste next year on two more referendums and crash the economy – meaning less investment for sport”.
Read the full article including party pledges for sport in schools and ‘the damning statistics’ from the Youth Sports Trust survey of secondary school teachers Major parties outline school sport plans in bid to tackle ‘public health emergency’
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