The devastating effect of Gove’s desire to take an axe to school sport

A petition has been launched, that will result in 2,012 children taking part in a peaceful demonstration in Westminster against the savage cuts to school sport.

Debbie Foote is a 17-year-old A-Level student; she is leading the campaign against the coalition’s school sport cuts

What makes me different to other students is that I am also a Young Ambassador and I am leading a national campaign against the cuts to school sport. As you may be aware, the government has announced the end of ring-fenced funding for PE and school sport – which signals the end of the infrastructure of School Sport Partnerships that provide sport to every school in England. This is devastating news, not only for young people today, but for the future generations who will miss out on the fantastic opportunities School Sport Partnerships provide.

There are currently 450 School Sport Partnerships which link every school in England, raising sport participation, leadership and volunteering, linking clubs, organising inter and intra-school competitions and encouraging active and healthy lifestyles across whole communities.

As a result 5.6m young people were participating in at least two hours of high quality PE and out of hour’s school sport a week by 2010, an improvement of 1.5m young people since 2006.

Although I understand that savings must be made, to cut this funding seems like false economy when you consider the fundamental importance of sport for every child and the undeniable social, health, cultural and behavioural benefits that sport has. As one of more than 5,000 Young Ambassadors across the UK, my role involves inspiring young people to take part in a healthy, active lifestyle, using the power of London 2012.

Through the support of my School Sport Partnership, I have been given so many fantastic opportunities and experiences, developing skills such as confidence, time management, leadership, teamwork, initiative, communication and responsibility. This has set me up for the rest of my life and I don’t want other young people to miss out on these experiences and the chance to fulfil their potential.

Getting rid of School Sport Partnerships will do nothing to help rising health concerns and goes against the promise that the UK made to inspire millions of young people to take part in sport through London 2012.

I started this campaign on behalf of all young people, with the aim to raise the profile of the importance of school sport and why it is so vital to our development. A petition has been launched, that will result in 2,012 young people taking part in a peaceful demonstration in Westminster, where I hope to present more than one million signatures opposing the school sport cuts to the Department for Education.

• Please support young people by signing the petition, by Wednesday.

49 Responses to “The devastating effect of Gove’s desire to take an axe to school sport”

  1. Jon-Paul Waddington

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  2. festinagirl

    @DeniseHampson really good perspective from a 17 year old Young Ambassador http://bit.ly/hCl848

  3. sistervelo

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  4. AWM

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  5. amy_watson

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  6. Shamik Das

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  7. Nick Copland

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  8. Denise Hampson

    Great article! RT @festinagirl: @DeniseHampson really good perspective from a 17 year old Young Ambassador http://bit.ly/hCl848

  9. Paul Ogilvie

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  10. BenM

    Another typically myopic Tory decision.

  11. Fay Howard

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  12. alexsmith1982

    Fantastic campaign by 17-yr old Debbie Foote to raise awareness of total cuts to School Sports Partnerships http://bit.ly/hCl848

  13. Mr. Sensible

    Debbie, the fact is I am struggling to see what this government’s olimpic legacy plan is.

    Aside from this, they’ve scrapped free swimming for under 16s and over 60s, they’ve scrapped the BSF programme which included the revamp of school sports facilities, and they’ve delayed a decision on the ‘Crown Jewels’, thereby possibly limiting the access our youngsters have to live sport.

    Michael Gove makes a big thing of listening to heads, in which case he should listen to them and think again.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2010/nov/28/school-sport-partnerships-abolition-gove

  14. Kevin Richards

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  15. Paula Pearson

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  16. John Green

    Debbie,

    You should have expressed your concerns years ago when Blair and Brown were selling the “Crown Jewels”, borrowing billions, and wasting it on failed policies. It is too late now, the money has gone.

    All those wasted years. All those wasted tax revenues.

    You misunderstand the government’s plans. Revenue that had previously been ring-fenced by Labour for funding school sports activities is not being cut but instead will be unring-fenced and available for schools to spend as they choose. Surely it is time to abandon those failed Labour policies and embrace ideas that have a chance of being effective.

  17. Mr. Sensible

    John, it is not much use resorting to type in order to defend the government’s cuts.

    The fact is that head teachers want this to stay. 1 head on ‘Any Answers?’ pointed out that primary schools do not have PE departments.

    And it is no use talking about the “need for cuts”; if our children are not engaging in sport this is a faulse economy.

  18. Youth Sport Trust

    Read Young Ambassador Debbie Foote, who is leading the petition against cuts to SSPs, blog here http://bit.ly/eRHPcN

  19. Kate Lewis

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  20. Newcastle SSP

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  21. UK Education Matters

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  22. PEN

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  23. Lorna Leeson

    John, I’m afraid it is you that misunderstands. My husband manages a School Sports Partnership. He has been told by the Head and the Director of Sport that there IS NO MONEY. The government hasn’t released anything and in the school he works at they are discussing reducing the amount of teaching days as a way to manage cuts. Gove & Cameron’s statement that this is empowering Heads is, bluntly, a lie. Heads, Schools and most importantly, Young People (thousands like Debbie) have benefitted from the SSPs and want them to continue. The fact remains that without them, the dedicated professionals who deliver them, and the protected funding to support them, sport in schools will suffer and with it opportunities for young people of the future.

  24. Steve Backley

    The school sports facts in a nutshell…http://bit.ly/hmX7wX

  25. Save SSP

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  26. Kate Lewis

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  27. Julian S Wood

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  28. Shamik Das

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  29. alistair smith

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  30. Peter Carney

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  31. Chris Dear

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  32. Alex Bellars

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  33. Chorley WAGs

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  34. russellashford

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  35. Paul Kitchin

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  36. Louaz Hofton

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  37. Louaz Hofton

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  38. Will Straw

    I'm proud as hell that Olympic hero @steve_backley has RT'd @leftfootfwd's recent article on the cuts to schools sports http://bit.ly/hmX7wX

  39. False Economy

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  40. alexsmith1982

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  41. Politics @ Xavs

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  42. Warrington SSP

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  43. Gaynor Nash

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  44. Calum Thompson

    what the hell….. we need it as we got some a good talent for people need a training and get ready for olympic 2012 and rugby- england and football- world cup…. also, it more important to keeping enjoying their self too.

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