The ASA welcomes school sport investment

16th March 2013

David Sparkes, Chief Executive, says ASA is delighted £150million a year of additional funding has been committed to PE and school sport at primary level.

The ASA, the governing body for swimming in England, has welcomed the announcement by the Prime Minister today that £150million per year will be invested into PE and primary school sport. 

Responding to the annoucement David Sparkes, Chief Executive of the ASA said: “The ASA is delighted that £150million per year of additional funding has been committed to PE and school sport at primary level.   

"This ring fenced budget will give schools the opportunity to review their current school swimming programme to ensure that every child learns this valuable life skill.  Where schools are not meeting the statuary requirement we would expect that curriculum swimming and water safety would be a priority for this funding.

“We believe the Government’s commitment to additional sport specific teacher training, which the ASA can provide, will significantly improve the consistency of the deliveryof school swimming.  We also particularly welcome the announcement that Ofsted will inspect PE in primary schools, which is something that the ASA has called for.”

For more information on school swimming and to view the ASA School Swimming Manifesto visit: http://www.swimming.org/go/get-started/school-swimming/

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