2018 may be lost, but PM can still deliver a brighter future for school sport

England lost out in the bid to host the 2018 World Cup today, despite having arguably the best presentation, with Prince William, David Beckham and David Cameron making the case for football to come home. Russia won the right to host the 2018 World Cup, with rank outsiders Qatar - a country with an appalling human rights record - being selected to host the 2022 World Cup.

England lost out in the bid to host the 2018 World Cup today, despite having arguably the best presentation, with Prince William, David Beckham and David Cameron making the case for football to come home. Russia won the right to host the 2018 World Cup, with rank outsiders Qatar – a country with an appalling human rights record – being selected to host the 2022 World Cup.

There is still, however, an opportunity for the prime minister to leave a sporting legacy that will last long after 2018 – by abandoning plans to cut school sports funding, a policy he has ordered education secretary Michael Gove to take another look at.

This morning’s papers were full of stories about the rethink on school sports, following Mr Cameron’s remarks at yesterday’s Prime Minister’s Questions, namely this reply to a question from former sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe:

“… I am looking carefully at yesterday’s debate [on school sport – see the LFF report here]. We all have a shared interest: we all want good sport in schools and more competitive sport, and we all have to ensure that money is spent well.

“Everyone accepts that not every penny was spent well in the past. There is a quite bureaucratic system. The Secretaries of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport and for Education are working hard on this issue.

“We are talking with head teachers to ensure that what we come up with works on the ground. I hope that we will be able to make an announcement soon.”

Shadow education secretary Andy Burnham, one of three Labour MPs who have written to Mr Gove urging him to think again, welcomed the news of the review, saying:

“Michael Gove’s decision to scrap school sports partnerships has sparked a remarkable grassroots revolt, uniting people right across the country…

“In the last 24 hours, we have heard a huge change in tone on this issue from both the Prime Minister and Michael Gove. It seems they now admit that they got it wrong and that school sports partnerships have been a success.

“This apparent change of heart is welcome and will give a glimmer of hope to the thousands of young people, head teachers and athletes who have called on the Government to reverse their decision to scrap school sport partnerships. However, hopes have been raised, and now must not be dashed by an inadequate response from the Government…

“The ball is now in Mr Cameron and Mr Gove’s court.”

Left Foot Forward has long covered the coalition’s planned cuts to school sport, cuts which, in response to the widespread grassroots campaigns against them, might not now happen. Were the prime minister to row back on this policy and continue to invest in school sport, by the time the World Cup does eventually come back to England (2030 at the earliest), the nation might just have a team capable of winning it.

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24 Responses to “2018 may be lost, but PM can still deliver a brighter future for school sport”

  1. Bryan

    RT @leftfootfwd: 2018 may be lost, but PM can still deliver a brighter future for school sport: http://bit.ly/hYhExc writes @ShamikDas

  2. Bill Perrett

    RT @leftfootfwd: 2018 may be lost, but PM can still deliver a brighter future for school sport: http://bit.ly/hYhExc writes @ShamikDas

  3. Shamik Das

    RT @leftfootfwd: 2018 may be lost, but PM can still deliver a brighter future for school sport: http://bit.ly/hYhExc #England2010

  4. Shamik Das

    RT @leftfootfwd: 2018 may be lost, but PM can still deliver a brighter future for school sport: http://bit.ly/hYhExc #England2018

  5. Hazico_Jo

    RT @leftfootfwd: 2018 may be lost, but PM can still deliver a brighter future for school sport: http://bit.ly/hYhExc writes @ShamikDas

  6. Fay Howard

    RT @leftfootfwd: 2018 may be lost, but PM can still deliver a brighter future for school sport: http://bit.ly/hYhExc writes @ShamikDas

  7. Martin Johnston

    RT @leftfootfwd: 2018 may be lost, but PM can still deliver a brighter future for school sport: http://bit.ly/hYhExc writes @ShamikDas

  8. Watching You

    2018 may be lost, but PM can still deliver a brighter future for school sport http://bit.ly/emWAul – Stop the cuts Mr Cameron and save face

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  10. Kevin Richards

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  11. David Dubost

    RT @leftfootfwd: 2018 may be lost, but PM can still deliver a brighter future for school sport: http://bit.ly/hYhExc writes @ShamikDas

  12. Mr. Sensible

    In respect of the decision, the BBC have been asking what the point is of having good technical bids, and I must say I agree. I think the voting system that Fifa uses is in an absolute mess.

    On the issue of school sports, this looksl ike a bit of a humiliating climbdown.

    BTW can England not bid for World Cup 2026?

  13. Robert

    And we ask why we lost the world cup?

    Policies to reduce youngsters access to competitive sport in his left hand and a film for FIFA in his right saying what wonders the UK bid would do for youth sport?

    Ummm – not very sensible – treating FIFA as dummies.

  14. Paula Pearson

    RT @leftfootfwd: 2018 may be lost, but PM can still deliver a brighter future for school sport: http://bit.ly/hYhExc writes @ShamikDas

  15. Sarah

    RT @leftfootfwd: 2018 may be lost, but PM can still deliver a brighter future for school sport: http://bit.ly/hYhExc writes @ShamikDas

  16. Mr. Sensible

    Robert you are right, but I don’t think that had an influence.

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  19. janie_s

    ‘policies to reduce youngster’s access to competitive sport’?

    you stupid liar.

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