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"A sports think tank would be a great legacy from the 2012 games, enabling future generations to benefit from long term, well researched, and evidence-based sports policy making in the UK" Seb Coe

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Think Tank Urges Co-ordinated Campaign on School Sport

Posted: Mon, 06 Aug 2012 09:43

The Sports Think Tank has called for a co-ordinated campaign for School Sport as the Olympics aims to Inspire a Generation.

The increased attention on sport during the Olympics has increasingly highlighted the Cuts to school sport & PE when SoS Gove cut £165m from the System in 2010. The stop gap funding ends this year. The Think Tank is currently working on creating an evidence based model for school sport and aims to create a political and policy making consensus.

Director of the Sports Think Tank Andy Reed said "Of course we are delighted by the increased interest in school sport policy. There are numerous existing players in the sports and PE landscape who all have a great deal of expertise and interest. The increased interest often leads to people rushing into the space without seeing what is already happening and creating new campaigns and initiatives with increased layers of complexity. We would urge everybody interested in school sport policy to unite is some form of coalition. We stand ready at the sportsthinktank to help coordinate the policy work needed to give an evidence base to this work.

"We urge anybody interested in school sport policy to be in touch as we coordinate this policy work. We will be supporting others and any coalition that emerges to create a genuine lasting school sport legacy from these games"

Tags: 2012, school sport, Olympic legacy

Comments (1)

1. Will Evans said on Mon, 06 Aug 2012 10:23:

These Olympic Games were always destined to give an opportunity to build a sporting legacy for young people but the first week or so of the Games demonstrates just how much inspiration can be taken from the world's elite athletes.

People to co-ordinate and to coach sports are essential to capturing the excitement of young people, as well as having the best facilities we can for them to play in. However, these things do not come for free. Volunteers do a wonderful job, but can only ever be available at certain times.

The cut to funding for School Sport Partnerships was sad and has led to the patchy opportunities that are now seen. In Derby and Derbyshire we have maintained full coverage of Partnerships, but young people in other areas are not so fortunate and we now have a case of the 'postcode lottery' so beloved of the tabloid media.

Whilst we will focus on 'Bringing the Legacy to Life' for young people in Derby, I hope that the Government will put politics aside and see the wider benefits that can be brought about by proper investment in sport - not just at the elite level, but also at schools. Give young people the chance to try sports and they can be engaged for life - we might even find the next gold medallist.

All involved in Derby City SSP would be delighted to play any role we can.

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