Schools (Sport)

Scottish Executive – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:30 pm on 24th June 1999.

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Photo of Trish Godman Trish Godman Labour 2:30 pm, 24th June 1999

To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to promote sport and other physical activities in schools. (S1O-100)

Photo of Rhona Brankin Rhona Brankin Labour

We are supporting the appointment of school sports co-ordinators in every secondary school in Scotland, and local authorities will receive up to £1 million of lottery funding to support the scheme in its first year.

Photo of Trish Godman Trish Godman Labour

Sir David, neither you nor the minister know this-I do not suppose that many people do-but I was no mean footballer in my day. [Laughter.] As a matter of fact, had I continued with football I might have been somewhere else rather than here-I ask members not to pass any comment about that.

I wish to ask the minister what plans there are to encourage sports and physical activities in primary schools, when children are at a younger age.

Photo of Rhona Brankin Rhona Brankin Labour

I am glad to see that there is another footballer among the women members in the chamber.

The school sports co-ordinators in secondary schools will be encouraged to make links with local associated primary schools, to examine how sports can be developed in those schools. We are making additional funding available for our top sport and play programmes in primary schools. The sum of £2.1 million will be made available from the lottery sports fund to encourage people who introduce play and sport to youngsters of primary school age, and to help to support them in that work. The money will be available for facilities and materials for schools, and for coaching for primary school teachers who wish to become involved.