London Assembly calls on government to reverse decision to cut school sport funding

The cuts, announced in October’s Comprehensive Spending Review, spell the end for 450 school sport partnerships and have prompted a growing number of past, present and future British Olympians to sign a letter addressed to Prime Minister David Cameron.

Cameron has acknowledged the widespread disapproval and pledged a rethink although Education Secretary Michael Gove insists the government is not about to make a u-turn, even if the policy looks likely to be altered.

And today the London Assembly unanimously joined the ever-increasing number of those opposed to the cuts.

Murad Qureshi AM, who proposed today’s motion, said:  "With 2012 just around the corner, it is more important than ever that we maintain funding to schools and grassroots sports clubs to ensure a lasting legacy following the Games.

"More and more young people will be inspired to get involved in sports, but without the investment to back it up, we are in danger of missing out on a once in a life time opportunity.

"That’s why we’re calling on the Mayor and the Government to do all they can to protect funding for London’s grassroots sports facilities and recognise the incredible benefit they bring to young people and the community they live in."

Caroline Pidgeon AM, who seconded the motion, said: "The chance to take part in a range of school sports makes a real difference to young people growing up. helping them develop leadership skills, discipline and team working.

"School sports funding is about much more than all-weather pitches and gym equipment, it’s about building the skills that young people need in every aspect of their lives."

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