Gosport MP wants more sport investment for schools

Pupils from Queen's Inclosure Primary School in Waterlooville who have donated their shoes to children in Africa.  Pictured, from left:  Lily I'Bell (8), Scarlett Bugler (10), Lucia Aldred (9) and (front) Lily Bugler (5).  Picture: Sarah Standing (170967-5871)

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MP Caroline Dinenage quizzed the government on what is being done to invest in school sports.

She has urged for more investment in facilities for young people to boost competitive sports opportunities.

It comes after the government recently announced plans to make competitive sport compulsory in all primary schools.

Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, Ms Dinenage said to sports minister Hugh Robertson: ‘It’s vital to invest in the infrastructure, the skills and the facilities our young people need, particularly in schools.

‘Can the minister explain what the government is doing to this end?’

Mr Robertson said: ‘Through the school games, we’re encouraging all schools to offer their pupils the chance to play competitive sport.

‘The new youth sport strategy is a commitment over the next four years that will allow sport governing bodies to make these investments.

‘The Places, People, Play programme has to date improved over 700 facilities across the country.’