Presenting his Budget to Parliament the Chancellor confirmed he will double the dedicated funding for sport in primary schools, paid for by a levy on sugary drinks.
Soft drinks companies will pay a levy on drinks with added sugar from April 2018. This will apply to drinks with total sugar content above 5 grams per 100 millilitres, with a higher rate for more than 8 grams per 100 millilitres. This won’t need to be paid on milk-based drinks or fruit juices.
The levy will be used to double the Primary PE and Sport Premium for primary schools from £160m a year to £320m from September 2017.
There will also be investment so that 25% of secondary schools will be able to opt in to a longer school day from September 2017 so that they can offer a wider range of activities for pupils, including additional sporting activities. There will be up to £285 million a year to pay for this.
Baroness Sue Campbell, Chair of the Youth Sport Trust, said:
“Today’s news to double the investment in the primary PE and sport premium has the potential to make a transformational change in schools.
“This money will help primary schools get the support and investment they need to develop the physical literacy of young people so they become competent and confident movers as they progress through school – which we know in turn can improve academic achievement.
“Investment that allows schools to extend the school day to put on additional sporting activities is also excellent news.
“We know that levels of PE and sport decrease as young people progress through secondary school so this money will provide a new platform to further increase sporting opportunities and levels of physical activity in schools.”