All-weather Outdoor Sports Facilities (Secondary Schools)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 22nd May 2013.

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Photo of Bill Kidd Bill Kidd Scottish National Party

13. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the provision of outdoor sports facilities with all-weather surfaces in the grounds of secondary schools. (S4O-02147)

Photo of Alasdair Allan Alasdair Allan Scottish National Party

The School Premises (General Requirements and Standards) (Scotland) Regulations 1967 prescribe a minimum area of playing fields that local authorities must provide at a secondary school, which depends on the number of pupils. Although I understand the benefits that all-weather surfaces can provide, it is for local authorities to decide whether to provide all-weather surfaces as part of playing fields.

Photo of Bill Kidd Bill Kidd Scottish National Party

Does the minister agree that the lack of all-weather surfaces at all three local authority secondary schools in my Glasgow Anniesland constituency—Knightswood secondary, St Thomas Aquinas and Drumchapel high—although two of those schools were built under the previous Administration’s private finance initiative and public-private partnership system is an outdated scenario for our young people to be landed with? Will he suggest how the situation might be addressed to improve that scenario?

Photo of Alasdair Allan Alasdair Allan Scottish National Party

Bill Kidd will appreciate that I cannot speak for the local authority, and I am unaware of the precise condition of the provision of all-weather surfaces at those schools. Having said that, the Government and sportscotland have been active nationally in those areas. Sportscotland is providing local authorities that have committed to delivering the physical education target with a share of an additional £3.4 million over 2012-13 and 2013-14 to invest in physical education more generally.

The Deputy Presiding Officer:

Question 14, in the name of Liam McArthur, and question 15, in the name of Joan McAlpine, have not been lodged, but explanations have been provided.