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Extra £2million of Olympic-inspired cash for sports in Gloucestershire schools

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: March 16, 2013

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SPORTY youngsters in Gloucestershire will benefit from more than £2 million of Olympic cash.

The Government has earmarked £150 million to inject into schools up and down the country as part of a bid to improve coaching for young people inspired by London 2012.

The Prime Minister David Cameron made the announcement this weekend and he has set out his hopes that the money will help produce the Olympic and Paralympic stars of the future.

The aim of the funding is to improve the quality of state sport provision in England.

In Gloucestershire that will mean investment to the tune of £2,111,600. Every primary school in the county will receiving a lump sum with an extra top-up per pupil.

A typical school with 250 primary-aged pupils will stand to receive £9,250 extra every year – the equivalent of paying for two days of a qualified coach's time.

The money will also be ring-fenced so it can only be spent on sport and will be placed in the control of heads and teachers who will decide how best to spend the cash.

Councillor Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: "We know that participation in sport can help boost self-esteem, confidence and even improve educational achievements.

"This announcement is great news for Gloucestershire's schoolchildren and I welcome the Government's commitment to keeping sport alive in our country. I'm sure this money will help to inspire the next generation of Gloucestershire's Olympic stars."

The new support for primary schools is funded by the Department for Education, Department of Health and Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Announcing the investment, Mr Cameron added: "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."

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