commitment to improving opportunities for youngsters to play sport in
Speaking at Sport England's Conference on Education and Sport, Kate
'Sports bodies, schools, and local authorities must do more to
encourage children to get into sport. Schools have a key role. We
should be aiming to provide youngsters with at least two hours or
more of sport a week.
'Many schools are working hard and providing excellent sports and
recreational opportunities for schoolchildren, but there is still a
huge job to be done if we want to succeed.
'The expansion of sports colleges and the development of more after
school opportunities will make a big difference.
'I would like to see PE teachers offered a flexible working day to
respond to these new challenges. For example they could come in at
11am in the morning and stay until 6pm, or maybe they could work
shorter hours in the week to give them time at the weekend to oversee
inter-school fixtures. This is a debate we need to have.'