Sports: Young People

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 7th March 2012.

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Photo of Patrick Mercer Patrick Mercer Conservative, Newark

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent progress his Department has made in implementing youth sport strategy, Creating a sporting habit for life.

Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport and the Olympics)

The Department is working with Sport England on implementing the Youth Sport Strategy published in January 2012. This work includes helping national governing bodies (NGBs) to develop their plans to increase participation and retention, particularly of young people, in sport. The NGBs will formally submit their plans alongside their bids for funding, in May. Final award offers will be made in January and activity will commence in April 2013.

Sport England is also working with the Further Education sector to identify 150 further education colleges that will benefit from a College Sport Maker, with the first grants likely to be in place by the autumn.

An important element of the new strategy is to increase the community access to sports facilities on school premises. Sport England published new guidance for schools wishing to open their facilities on 2 March and will be making £10 million available to schools to help with process.

Sport England is also working with the Local Government Associations and Chief Cultural and Leisure Officers Association to develop plans to enable local authorities, community groups and other partner to bid for matched funding to increase and sustain participation in sport. It expects to test how best to invest during the final quarter 2012-13.

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