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Primary Spaces: Improving outdoor PE and sport facilities fund

Sport England’s new £18m Lottery fund builds on and compliments the Government's Primary PE and Sport Premium.

The fund will help provide outdoor multi-activity areas which can be used both within the curriculum and out of school hours. As well as helping provide sports facilities, staff and volunteers at the school will receive information on how best to use the new facilities.

Whilst we want to help as many schools as possible, we anticipate making awards to c600 schools. Schools can apply for up to £30,000 and priority will be given to those primary schools that have little or no outside space which can currently be used for PE, sport or activity sessions.

Schools receiving funding will select from a number of components and options which can be easily incorporated into small spaces on primary school sites. They are designed to be added to current playground areas to significantly enhance them, helping schools make the best of the available space and therefore increase the impact of the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding.

It is our aspiration that the fund will help schools make good use of relatively small spaces and provide facilities which are low cost but provide a degree of enclosure, colour and innovation that will:

  •     Inspire physical activity and participation by young people
  •     Enable and encourage healthy activity
  •     Develop the foundations of a sporting habit for life through a great start in PE and sport

The application will be open for four weeks, Mon 24 February – Mon 24 March so schools are encouraged to act promptly in considering this opportunity. Further information on the project is available on the Sport England website and in our Resource hub tab. 


David Cameron offers guarantee on primary school sport funding


Prime Minister David Cameron has today (6th February 2014) committed to keeping the £150m a year Primary PE and Sport Premium until 2020. The dedicated fund, which was announced in March 2013 and began in September, goes directly to primary school head teachers so that they can decide how best to use it to provide sporting activities for pupils. A typical primary school with 250 primary aged pupils this year received £9,250, 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.

 The Government has committed to funding the Primary PE and Sport Premium until 2015-6. David Cameron has now committed to continue that funding until 2020, which means at least £750m going straight to head teachers across a five year Parliament.

 

Primary School Sport Facilities funding 

The Primary School Sport Facilities fund, which will help more schools create sports spaces, will be similar to our Inspired Facilities programme. Schools are expected to receive on average £30,000 to spend on a range of specially created packages which can be tailored to meet their needs.

The Fund will help provide outdoor multi-sport areas which can be used both within the curriculum and out of school hours. As well as helping provide sports facilities, staff and volunteers at the school will receive information on how best to use the new facilities and equipment to help children get active.


St Luke's School Partnership Primary Conference 2014

This one-day conference aims to bring together primary colleagues from across Exeter and Mid Devon to share good practice and to be empowered to make a difference to all young people through Physical Education and School Sport.

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