New funding announcement on youth sport

Every secondary school in England is set to host a community sports club, as part of a new strategy to encourage young people to play sport for life.

Every secondary school in England is set to host a community sports club, as part of a new strategy to encourage young people to play sport for life, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced today.

The five-year youth and community sport strategy published today will see new school-based sports clubs established with links to one or more sports' national governing bodies. Expert coaches will run sessions to help create strong ties between schools and local sports clubs already in existence in their area.

Baroness Sue Campbell, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said:

"Whilst school sport has made exceptional progress in recent years to successfully drive up participation rates, the drop off once these young people leave school remains a challenge that needs to be tackled and this funding seeks to address that, which should be welcomed. 

"From our own extensive experience of working with schools to develop links with local sports clubs we know just how important it is for them to form strong partnerships with those who offer sporting opportunities in local communities.  When delivered well, they can dramatically increase the access for young people to take part in more sport outside of school hours.

"Young people now enjoy far greater opportunities to take part in a whole range of sports when they are at school.  It is the diversity of the sports, beyond the traditional offering, that drives the increase in participation and we must ensure these opportunities continue once they leave school.

"Critically, this funding must support those who have enjoyed a positive experience at school and give them every incentive to continue to take part in sport in later life."

Read more on the DCMS site

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