New funding to help schools open existing sports facilities outside of the normal school day

Posted: Mon, 29 Mar 2021 08:12

New funding to help schools open existing sports facilities outside of the normal school day

The Department for Education announced an investment of £10.1 million of funding into schools across England this academic year, this is to help enable existing sports and swimming facilities to be opened outside of the normal school day.

This new funding will help more children and young people to be active and take part in sport at a time when they need it most. It will also support schools to make longer term, sustainable changes to make the best use of their facilities, for example through building partnerships with local sport providers to provide the right opportunities for pupils and increasing access for pupils with SEND.

This investment, building on a previous £1.6 million investment in this area, increases the funding available to support schools to open their facilities outside of school hours. The initial investment enabled many schools to begin the process of opening their facilities and work with their local Active Partnership for support with sanitation, marketing, websites, local partnerships and more.

This investment is designed to encourage pupils to be more physically active, in line with the objectives of the School Sport and Activity Action Plan. This additional funding will be distributed through Sport England and Active Partnerships.

Active Partnerships will work with schools to target the investment and schools will be given the opportunity to bid for the funding.

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