Schools sports partnerships

A government u-turn on funding for school sports will see some of the £162 million programme temporarily saved, Michael Gove announced today.

The about-turn is an embarrassing one for the education secretary, who has previously condemned the school sports partnership in harsh language. Ministers had branded it "a complete failure".

But intense pressure from prominent sporting figures, including a letter to the prime minister warning of a threat to the Olympic legacy seems to have prompted a change in position from the government.

The £46 million limited funds will keep the partnership going until next summer, while a further £65 million will be channelled to give PE teachers time to encourage competitive sport in the run-up to the Olympics, Mr Gove announced.

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