Commenting on the news that Michael Gove is seeking help to bail out School Sport (Details here), Clive Efford, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Sport said:
“Before the last election we were told by the Tories that it would ‘be wrong to dismantle 13 years of work’ on School Sport, but this is exactly what the Government has done.
Scrapping the School Sport Partnership programme, which delivered record levels of participation in school sport and then attempting to cobble together a sports policy after the Olympics is not good enough.
The Government has no coherent sports strategy. Michael Gove’s decision over the sale of playing fields and the fact that Free Schools can open with no play space show that school sport does not feature in this Government’s thinking.”