Primary schools across Nantwich and Crewe are to share £1.7 million of funding  to boost sports provision.

The money is part of a £150 million a year commitment by the Government under the Primary PE and Sport Premium, until 2020.

Nantwich MP Edward Timpson, Minister for Children responsible for school sports, says the funding will help secure the Olympic and Paralympic legacy, and help deliver the best schools for young people.

Primary schools around England are already using the premium to get children doing more sport.

Schools are using money for activities including hiring extra professional coaches and PE specialist teachers, buying new equipment, offering more after-school clubs and delivering holiday and weekend activities.

Mr Timpson said: “I am really pleased to have been able to commit £150 million a year to securing the Olympic and Paralympic legacy in our primary schools.

“This is great news for schoolchildren in Crewe and Nantwich.

“This is part of our long-term plan to create an education system that gives young people who want to work hard the skills they need to get on in life and have a more secure and better future.”

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Sport is so important because it encourages children to be active, lead a healthy lifestyle, make friends and, of course, have fun.

“But quality school sport has benefits that spread right across the curriculum and beyond – it develops confidence and a sense of achievement, it teaches young people how to rise to a challenge, and nurtures the character and skills that will help them get on and succeed in life.

“It’s an important part of our long-term plan to deliver the best schools and skills for young people.”


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