Gosport MP's call to save school sports

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GOSPORT MP Caroline Dinenage has written to prime minister David Cameron to call for a rethink on school sports.

The government had planned to cut funding from the School Sports Partnership, which used government cash to encourage young people to get more physical exercise. But in a speech to parliament, Mr Cameron hinted there may be a rethink of the plans.

Tory MP Ms Dinenage wrote to the PM: 'I welcome your comments which suggested a possible rethink on the planned cuts. In my constituency, local schools have seen tangible success from this scheme. My constituency has some pockets of severe deprivation, with this programme playing a vital role in helping to lead children away from trouble and encouraging healthier lifestyle choices.'

She added: 'The scheme has done a great deal of good and I don't think money should be taken from it.

'It helps fitness and social inclusion. I've invited Mr Cameron and (education secretary) Michael Gove to see how it's working.'