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Government Ministers make ‘elementary errors’ over SSP

Government Ministers have been accused of making ‘elementary errors’ over cuts that will decimate school sport.

When talking down the progress made in School sport since the advent of School Sports Partnerships, Government Minister Tim Loughton twice claimed that “only one in five children played competitive sport”.

In fact figures obtained from the School Sport Survey show that around half of all children have competed for their school against other schools, and that participation rates have risen 14% in the last three yearsthanks largely to School Sports Partnerships.

Toby Perkins, Labour’s Shadow Minister For Children and Families said: “It is very revealing that the Minister responsible for defending school sport should make such an elementary error. A strong framework for school sport participation is being fundamentally dismantled by a government whose rhetoric does not match their policies. That’s why leading sports figures like Olympic gold medallist Darren Campbell and Badminton star Gail Emms have been so scathing about this reckless cut.”

The government simply won’t admit the clear success that this Labour programme had before it was axed by the Coalition. That’s why Michael Gove refused to meet Baroness Campbell, head of the Youth Sports Trust who had helped deliver these great results, before he abolished school sport partnerships funding.

But Gove wouldn’t admit this either, giving the impression that he had been in regular contact with Baroness Campbell without telling Parliament that he’d refused numerous requests to meet her  in the run up to the Comprehensive spending review that saw funding to her life’s work obliterated.

“It’s a shame that instead of the Ministers admitting that a generation of potential sports stars of the future have been sacrificed to follow the Tory cuts ideology, they have used false statistics to pursue a false argument.”

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