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Sunday 5th August 2012 | 19:01
Labour press release
Speaking on school sports funding following comments by Lord Moynihan Labour Shadow Sports Minister Clive Efford says:
"The innovative School Sports Partnership introduced by the last Labour government succeeded in getting more youngsters in state schools involved in sport to a level never seen before."
"Over ninety per cent of state sector school children were doing a minimum of two hours sport per week. There were plans to increase this to three hours in school and encourage them to add another two hours in their spare
"All this was destroyed when Michael Gove announced that all funding for the School Sports Partnership would be cut. That was the moment for Lord Moynihan to speak up. He didn't. Fortunately others did and some money was
restored but this was just 20% and 3 out of 5 Schools Sports Partnerships have closed. It is a pity that Lord Moynihan did not join us then and help protect sport in state schools."