£750m boost for primary school sport – £150m a year primary school sport funding guaranteed until 2020 to secure Olympic and Paralympic legacy

Prime Minister David Cameron has today committed to keeping the £150m a year Primary PE and Sport Premium until 2020. The dedicated fund, which was announced in March 2013 and began in September, goes directly to primary school head teachers so that they can decide how best to use it to provide sporting activities for pupils. A typical primary school with 250 primary aged pupils this year received £9,250, the equivalent of around two days a week of a primary teacher or a coach’s time – enough to make sure every pupil in the school can do sport with a specialist.
The Government has committed to funding the Primary PE and Sport Premium until 2015-6. David Cameron has now committed to continue that funding until 2020, which means at least £750m going straight to head teachers across a five year Parliament.
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.”
Double Olympic Champion Mo Farah said:
“School sport is massively important for children and so it is good news to hear there will now be funding available over the long-term. The help I got at school was a key part of how I got to where I am today and so it can make a big difference. Through support like this and the work that is underway with the Mo Farah Academy, I hope lots of children and young adults will to get involved in sport and fulfil their ambitions as we cement the Olympic legacy for years to come.”
Prime Minister’s Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Ambassador Lord Coe said:
“I am delighted that the Prime Minister has made this commitment to continue to invest in school sport until 2020. We wanted to use London 2012 to inspire a generation to choose sport and ensuring that children get a positive and engaging experience in primary school of physical education and sport is key to this. A long term commitment to continue this funding can only help to achieve this.”
Children’s Minister Edward Timpson said:
“This significant commitment will secure the future of sport in primary schools for the rest of this decade. I’m proud of our work to secure the Olympic Legacy and I’m determined to ensure all children have the chance to play sport and keep fit at school.”
Sports Minister Helen Grant said:
“The School Sport Premium is vitally important if we’re going to ensure that children are physically active and excited about sport at primary school. This funding provides the foundations which will allow children to develop a sporting habit for life, a crucial part of our Olympic and Paralympic Legacy.”
Paralympic gold medallist Jonnie Peacock said:
“Giving all kids an opportunity to be involved in sport is so important and something I am committed to, not to mention giving them a good experience of PE and sport at primary school. I welcome this commitment to long term funding for the school sports premium.”
Sports presenter and former jockey Clare Balding said:
“I am thrilled that sport should have its rightful place as part of all-round education. As well as increasing fitness, it has been shown to help concentration as well as being a key factor in appreciating team work and a healthy lifestyle.”
RFU Chief Executive Ian Ritchie said:
“The RFU welcomes investment in school sport. If we have more young people coming through primary schools with a broad and enjoyable experience of PE and sport it will help us realise our ambition to deliver the greatest ever participation legacy from the Rugby World Cup.
“The RFU is working in hundreds of state secondary schools new to rugby across the country through its ground breaking programme All Schools. A strong sporting foundation at primary level will enhance our work with secondary schools.”
ECB Chief Executive David Collier said:

“ECB welcomes today’s announcement by the Government. A long-term funding commitment is essential if more children are to participate in sport from an early age and lead healthy, active lifestyles into adulthood.

“From cricket’s perspective, the ring-fenced funding together with a new capital stream will enable ECB to build still further on the success of our key development programmes for Primary School children; Chance to Shine and Kwik Cricket. More than two million children have now gone through the Chance to Shine programme since it was established in 2005 and nearly 150,000 children took part in our Kwik Cricket initiative last year – an annual increase of 27.5 per cent. We look forward to working closely with the Government to ensure the funding has maximum impact, helps strengthen existing links between cricket clubs and schools and delivers a lasting legacy for all sports in terms of greater participation and wider community involvement.”

FA General Secretary Alex Horne said:

“The FA welcomes today’s announcement that the School Sport Premium will be funded through to 2020. Providing every Primary School with the means to invest in high quality early years sport and PE is essential to ensuring that all boys and girls have the chance to develop a sporting habit for life.

“In the last 7 years The FA Skills programme has delivered over 5 million opportunities for boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 11 to experience and enjoy high quality football coaching. We have operated in over 7,000 schools providing training and professional development for over 22,000 teachers. Today’s announcement will provide schools and Head Teachers with the certainty they need to continue to invest in sport and to place programmes such as FA Skills at the heart of their curriculum.”

LTA Chief Executive Michael Downey said:

“British Tennis welcomes this commitment to extend investment into primary school sport. Having high quality PE provision is essential to ensuring children have positive experiences of sport at an early age, as this will encourage young people to make sport a part of their lives. British Tennis’ own schools programme, now in over half the schools in the country, will benefit from this commitment as it supports our ambition of getting more young people playing our great game.”

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said:

“The Premier League supports the commitment to raise the profile of sport in primary schools. Sport is a vital component of every child’s upbringing and our clubs welcome this innovative funding development. Football clubs are hubs of their communities and already work closely with many schools, using the attraction of football to encourage more children to get involved in, and enjoy sport.”

Notes to Editors

Last year, the Government announced a £150 million-a-year premium for two years to improve the quality of provision in every state primary school in England. The premium means £150 million a year going straight into the hands of headteachers to spend on sporting activities to best suit their children’s needs. A typical primary school with 250 primary aged pupils this year received £9,250, the equivalent of around two days a week of a primary teacher or a coach’s time – enough to make sure every pupil in the school can do sport with a specialist.

The funding began in September 2013 and is already making a difference.

Primary schools around England are already using the premium to:

• Up-skill teachers to improve the quality of sport lessons
• invest in quality coaching
• provide more opportunities for pupils to take part in inter-school competitions
• offer more after-school clubs
• purchase better equipment
• introduce new and unusual sports as diverse as fencing, climbing, ultimate Frisbee and Danish long-ball to encourage more children to enjoy sport.
• improve sport teaching for children with special educational needs
• deliver holiday and weekend activities
• Boost Change 4 life clubs, helping children help build a healthier lifestyle

The Government has since confirmed that funding will continue for an extra year (2015-6).

£18 million boost for primary school sport facilities

In addition to extending the premium, the Prime Minister also confirmed that from this month primary schools across England will be able to apply for a share of an £18 million fund to improve outdoor spaces for PE and sporting activities.

The Lottery-funded scheme will be run by Sport England and will prioritise schools with limited outside space and a strong commitment to PE and sport. The schools are expected to receive an average of £30,000 each to help them vastly improve their sports provision. The funding will ensure they have better equipment and facilities – for example, turning a concrete playground into a quality space for PE and sporting activities, using innovative design to make good use of small space. If schools are interested in receiving further details they should send an email including their school’s postal and email addresses to primaryschoolfacilities@sportengland.org 

Training specialist primary schools sports teachers

The Prime Minister also confirmed today that a new pilot programme to produce a cadre of primary teachers with a particular specialism in PE has seen sixty-one trainees complete the course and fifty-nine more begin it this January. The total 120 specialist teachers, who will support other teachers to develop their skills and drive up the quality of PE teaching, are expected to take up their first posts in primary schools from September.

The special course forms a part of the initial teacher training and has been developed by three Teaching Schools: Belleville (London), Thomas Telford (Telford), and Ashton-on-Mersey (Sale, Cheshire) in conjunction with sporting bodies and partner universities. The training schools are currently recruiting for a further cohort of 120 trainees to start training in September 2014, which will mean over 200 specialist primary PE/sport teachers in post by September 2015.

School Games

The Prime Minister also announced an additional £11 million investment for the School Games to help continue to inspire more young people to take up competitive sport.

Organised by the Youth Sport Trust and supported by National Lottery and exchequer funding from Sport England, the School Games aims to enable every school and child to participate in competitive sport, including meaningful opportunities for young people with disabilities. Designed across four levels, for both primary and secondary pupils, it offers opportunities for young people to compete in intra-school, inter-school and regional competitions.