Primary schools across Milton Keynes are currently receiving a £1million funding boost to transform PE lessons for thousands of youngsters.
Headteachers have already used the PE and Sports Premium, a fund worth more than £150million a year, which will help to recruit extra specialist PE teachers, buy new equipment and offer a wider selection of sports and free after school clubs.
Research has shown that nine out of 10 schools have already improved the quality of their PE lessons as a result of the funding and more than 90 per cent reported improvements in children’s health, behaviour and lifestyle.
A typical MK primary school with 250 pupils will receive £9,000 following this announcement. This is equivalent to the cost of employing a specialist sports coach for two days each week.
Mark Lancaster, MP for Milton Keynes North, said: “This is a welcoming boost for our MK youngsters.
“A vital part of growing up is being given the chance in school to experience as many types of sports as possible and it’s a crucial part of the curriculum.
“In addition, sport gives a child the opportunity to socialise and develop skills outside of the classroom”.
The latest PE and Sports premium allocation is the second of three annual payments worth a total of over £450million which this government is committed to giving to schools.
The funding, introduced in 2013, goes directly to primary school head teachers so that they can decide how best to use it to provide PE and sporting activities for pupils.
Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, said: “I am extremely pleased that this extra funding has become available.
“We all know the benefits of young people doing more physical activity so I am glad Head teachers will be able to spend more on this area.
“I try and visit as many schools as I can in my constituency so I look forward to seeing the benefits of this funding soon.”
Minister for Children and Families Edward Timpson says primary schools were delivering better quality lessons as a result of the extra money, and devoting more time to PE.
Mr Timpson said: “As part of our plan for education, we want all children to get into the habit of playing and enjoying sport in primary school as it can help instil confidence, discipline and determination.
“Thanks to our PE and Sports Premium, primary schools are offering more and better quality sport programmes – and this funding boost will help head teachers go further.
“Whether a child is a potential future Olympic champion or a keen amateur like me – I want them all to be given the chance to fulfil their sporting potential.”