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Colleges given £25m to boost sports

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced a £25m FE funding injection today to encourage young people to continue participating in sports after leaving school.

The new Youth Sports Strategy will fund up to 150 full-time sports professionals to become so-called Sport Makers, responsible for driving up participation and develop innovative provision.

“We need a radical change in policy to address the deep-seated problem of people dropping out of sport when they leave school,” said Hunt.

“Our bold approach will see money going to organisations that deliver on youth participation, but also withdrawn quickly from those which fail to meet agreed objectives.”

Clare Howard, head of Sport Strategy at the Association of Colleges (AoC), said: “We are delighted that college students will benefit from this funding.

“It is ideal timing with the recent launch of the joint AoC / British Colleges Sport national college sports strategy, and we look forward to working with Sport England to work up these proposals in more detail.”

Click here for more information about the government’s Youth Sports Strategy.

Natalie Thornhill

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