Gove Attempts to Create School Sport Solution
Posted: Fri, 05 Oct 2012 08:58
Paul Kelso wrote in the Telegrapgh:
The lack of a coherent school sport strategy has been highlighted as the missing link in the Government's legacy plans, and the meeting at the Department of Education on Thursday was aimed at addressing the issue.
Governing bodies including the Football Association, the England and Wales Cricket Board, the Rugby Football Union and the Lawn Tennis Association were called in to meet the minister, who ended ring-fenced funding and targets for PE and school sport in his first months in office.
The department would not comment on the talks, but the meeting was said to be constructive, despite the absence of several sports that believe they could make a genuine contribution to the debate.
Neither British Cycling or UK Athletics were invited to attend and there is some frustration that they will not have the chance to contribute to a debate they see as crucial to development of their sports.
Gove appears to have ruled out reversing his decision to scrap the School Sports Partnership that ensured all primary and secondary schools had access to professional PE teaching.