Julian Smith, Member of Parliament for Skipton and Ripon, has welcomed news that the Prime Minister has committed to keeping the £150m a year Primary PE and Sport Premium until 2020.
It means that, between 2014 and 2020, primary schools in the Skipton and Ripon constituency will receive around £3.8m.
Primary schools are already using the premium to get children taking part in sport as part of the Government’s long-term plan to secure the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy.
Schools can use the money to hire extra professional coaches, buy new equipment and pay for after-school clubs and holiday and weekend activities.
Julian said: This commitment to young people in Skipton and Ripon will help secure the Olympic and Paralympic legacy in our Primary Schools.
It will also support children to learn the essential skills that playing competitive sport teaches allowing them to get on in life and have a more secure and better future.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: Sport is so important because it encourages children to be active, lead a healthy lifestyle, make friends and, of course, have fun. But quality school sport has benefits that spread right across the curriculum and beyond – it develops confidence and a sense of achievement, it teaches young people how to rise to a challenge, and nurtures the character and skills that will help them get on and succeed in life.
It’s an important part of our long-term plan to deliver the best schools and skills for young people. That is why I am committing to guarantee the primary school sports funding until 2020.