Government announcement on school sport legacy

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England Hockey welcomes the government’s recent announcement on the school sport legacy.

The plans, outlined by the Prime Minister on Saturday, are set to transform Primary school sport thanks to a £150m-a-year boost to improve coaching for the youngest pupils and to inspire the Olympic and Paralympic stars of the future.

What's new?

  • A lump sum will be provided for each school, with a per-pupil top-up. A typical primary school with 250 primary aged pupils would receive £9,250 per year. This is the equivalent of around two days a week of a primary teacher or a coach’s time – enough to make sure every pupil in the school can do sport with a specialist.
  • ‘Ring-fenced’ funding – only to be spent on sport – will go directly into the hands of heads and teachers who will decide what is best for their children’s needs.
  • A greater role for Britain’s best sporting and voluntary organisations,including National Governing Bodies who will increase the specialist coaching and skills development on offer for primary schools.

What does it mean for hockey?

This is a substantial investment and, after such an exciting year for sport, it is great to see more resources being put into primary schools to ensure young people get access to the best possible physical education.  This investment gives us the opportunity to create a nation of more physically literate and socially confident young people who will hopefully go on to participate in sport for life. 

Hockey had tremendous success from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games with a Bronze Medal, role models being created amongst our international players and 30,000 more people playing the sport.  However to ensure we can build on this and create long term success it is critical that young people get a good introduction to PE at school – the key to this is primary school teachers who have the confidence and skills to get more young people physically active. 

Whilst schools will have the choice of how they spend this new money, we really hope that they will prioritise investment into training more teachers at primary school level.

With fun, engaging and easy to teach games like Quicksticks, which is supported by Investec, the Specialist Bank and Asset Manager, England Hockey is well placed to work collaboratively with other sports through Sport England and the network of County Sports Partnerships and with the Youth Sports Trust to make the most of this investment and support the work of primary school teachers. 

Speaking on behalf of England Hockey, Development Director, Holly Woodford said,  “This is excellent news and shows the Government is serious about creating a school sport legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  Primary school teachers play such an important role in creating a nation of physically literate young people and embedding early the habit of being physically active."

"Young people who get a good early introduction into PE will be more confident and much more likely to try a range of sports as they develop.  If we don’t get this first bit right then we risk losing them for life and then all sports spend a lot of time and investment trying to win them back as adults.  Whilst England Hockey is well placed to respond to this announcement we feel it will be important to work collaboratively with a range of sports through Sport England, the network of County Sports Partnerships and the Youth Sports Trust to make the most of this investment.”

To find out more about delivering hockey in primary schools please visit our Quicksticks website