Schools to get cash for sports clubs

PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 January 2012

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EVERY secondary school in North Somerset will receive cash for a community sports club under new Government plans announced this week.

It is part of a £1billion strategy to encourage young people to take up sport - as outlined in the 2012 
London Olympic Games bid.

The money has been pledged principally by the National Lottery.

Under the five-year youth and community sport strategy, Sport England will help set up 4,000 clubs where expert coaches will run sessions to create ties between schools and existing sports clubs.

Worle Community School is concentrating on developing its community sports facilities at the moment, with work on a new complex due to start soon at the Redwing Drive site.

It will include an artificial turf pitch with floodlights, a fitness gym, dance studio and café and it is hoped it will be the catalyst for future community sports development projects at the site. Priory 
Community School in Worle is also looking at expanding its sports facilities with grand plans to create a multi-million pound sports and leisure complex off its Queensway site.

A blueprint for the indoor swimming pool, FA-accredited indoor football dome, dance studio, coffee bar, gym, tennis courts and new changing rooms at Priory has been drawn up by architects.

Only the money for the first of the seven phases is available at the moment, £260,000, but the school is in talks with business people and the FA about possible funding for the rest of the project.

With the Government funding announced this week a total of £100million will be spent creating the new clubs and tackling a drop-off in participation when youngsters leave school.

Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “We need a radical change in policy to address the deep-seated problem of people dropping out of sport when they leave school.

“Our bold approach will see money going to organisations that deliver on youth participation, but also withdrawn quickly from those that fail to meet agreed objectives.”

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