‘No outdoor sport’ at over 1,000 Scottish schools

The BBC is reporting that more than 1,000 schools have no outdoor sports facilities, according to Scottish Labour.

The schools without outdoor facilities included four in ten primary schools and three-quarters of schools for those with additional support needs.

Labour education spokesman Daniel Johnson said: “Having access to outdoor sports facilities isn’t just about finding the next Andy Murray, it’s about cutting the attainment gap with healthier children more likely to do well in the classroom.

“We also know that Scotland has made almost no progress in tackling childhood obesity in the last ten years. Access to outdoor sports facilities should be part of the solution.

The Scottish government has defended its record on encouraging sports provision.

Sports minister Aileen Campbell said: “We are investing in a range of areas to support healthier lives for children and families, including investing £149m in free school meals for all primary 1 to 3 children, a total of £11.6m in supporting schools to meet our PE manifesto commitments between 2012 – 2016 and £50m for Active Schools.

She added: “Since 2007, SportScotland has invested £168m to support councils, sports governing bodies and other organisations delivering a wide range of new and upgraded sports facilities.”

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