The government’s recent commitment to provide over £600 million across the next two years for the PE and Sport Premium to improve the quality of PE and sports in primary schools, has been welcomed by Euro 22 winners, The Lionesses – and Sportsafe.
‘This is the legacy that we want to live much longer than us as a team,’ says Captain of the England Women’s Football Team, Leah Williamson.
Equally thrilled is The FA’s Chief Executive, Mark Bullingham, as “equal access for girls is one of The FA’s strategic ambitions and for such progress to be made is a very proud day. We’re all extremely grateful to the players for using their voice to deliver change and would like to place on record our thanks to Government for the positive measures announced today.”
The full package also includes £22 million for two years of further funding for the School Games Organiser network (SGO) which supports participation opportunities for children, including 28,000 competitive school sport events.
Furthermore, there is up to £57 million funding for the Opening School Facilities Programme to open up more school sport facilities for use outside school hours. The focus is especially on promoting the involvement in sport of girls, disadvantaged pupils, and pupils with special educational needs.
With over 25 years’ experience in the sports industry – setting the standard for the best supply, installation, servicing, maintenance and inspection of sport, fitness and play equipment and facilities – Sportsafe is in prime position to support schools to make the most of this exciting government initiative.
At the core of everything we do is our ethos of supporting the next generation.
We wholeheartedly agree with Steve Barclay (Health and Social Care Secretary) when he says, ‘We want young people to develop healthy habits whilst having fun at the same time, regardless of gender or background,’ and Gillian Keegan (Education Secretary) who recognises that ‘Every child – girl or boy – should have access to high quality sport and activities. Not only are these opportunities great for both physical and mental health – but also for all those other skills young people will need throughout their life like teamwork and communication.’
The pack has roared. Let the adventures begin – for everyone!