A NEW charity has been set up to help schools in Portsmouth get extra expert help with their sports lessons.
The Community Sports Foundation is chaired by former Saints academy manager Huw Jennings and was set up to try to help plug the 168m gap when the Government cut its budgets.
The Government has since made a U-turn on its decision to cut funding to sports tuition in schools, but the charity is still working with five schools in Portsmouth, offering each half a term's free coaching, use of equipment and expert support.
Joseph Noble, chief executive of the foundation, said: 'We are delighted with the initial response to our offer.
'The uptake so far has been fantastic, although I'm not sure why I'm surprised.
'There is a genuine need for improved sporting facilities for schools and communities across the country.
'We've run similar, successful schemes in other parts of the South and are hoping to secure enough financial support to extend our reach to other parts of the country.'
The schools taking part in Portsmouth are Medina Primary School, Highbury Primary School, St George's Primary School, Isambard Brunel Junior School, Newbridge Junior School and it is hoped Flying Bull Primary School will shortly be joining in.
The foundation has invited Portsmouth schools to create their own Big Society - sharing coaches and various sports facilities in a bid to boost their access to sports resources.
To become part of a sporting legacy by supporting or getting involved with The Community Sports Foundation, telephone 0203 346 3064 or visit tcsf.org.uk