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GOVERNMENT SAYS COUNCILS MUST PROVIDE BETTER SPORTING OPPORTUNITIES

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Sports minister Kate Hoey has underlined the government's ...
Sports minister Kate Hoey has underlined the government's

commitment to improving opportunities for youngsters to play sport in

schools.

Speaking at Sport England's Conference on Education and Sport, Kate

Hoey said:

'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.'

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