Praise for £150m school sport fund from Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin
A £150million school sport fund has been praised by Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin, who says it can "only be a good thing".
Mr Dakin, Labour MP for Scunthorpe, welcomed the news that extra funding has been announced by the government for the next two years.
The ring-fenced money will be given directly to primary schools in England to improve the quality of sports and PE provision.
Mr Dakin, also a former college principal, said: "This government has not got a good record when it comes to school sport. They have pulled the plug on funding for School Sport Partnerships, which were beginning to make a big difference in places like North Lincolnshire.
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"However, it is good that they are now realising it is important to put money into schools. Support for school sport can only be a good thing. The devil will be in the detail though.
"This money ought to make a real difference depending how it is delivered. In light of questions raised about the Olympic legacy, the government has found money to invest in school sport, which will hopefully make a significant difference."
The money will be distributed as a lump sum for each school, with a per-pupil top-up. A typical primary school with 250 primary aged pupils would receive £9,250 per year.
The Prime Minister David Cameron said: "With this new approach to sport, we can create a culture in our schools that encourages all children to be active and enjoy sport,and helps foster the aspirations of future Olympians and Paralympians."