Swimming: Cumbria

Department for Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 1st October 2015.

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Photo of Jamie Reed Jamie Reed Labour, Copeland

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of (a) children and (b) adults in Cumbria who swim.

Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The Government, through Sport England is investing £20 million in the Amateur Swimming Association and other partners between 2013-17 to get more people swimming in England.

Sport England also invests in facilities such as pools and changing rooms, including £388,797 in four such projects in Cumbria since 2012.

The Government has provided over £300m of cross-government ring-fenced funding for academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15, to improve PE and sport. This is the only curriculum subject with ring-fenced funding.

In the new national curriculum, which came into force from September 2014, swimming and water safety remain compulsory in the programme of study for physical education (PE) at primary level.

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