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English Lacrosse welcomes the government’s recent announcement on the school sport legacy

The plans, outlined by the Prime Minister on Saturday 16th of March 2013 are set to transform Primary school sport thanks to a £150m-a-year boost to improve coaching for the youngest pupils and to inspire a generation to develop a sporting habit for life.

What’s new?

  • A lump sum will be provided for each school, with a per-pupil top-up. A typical primary school with 250 primary aged pupils would receive £9,250 per year. This is the equivalent of around two days a week of a primary teacher or a coach’s time – enough to make sure every pupil in the school can do sport with a specialist.
  • ‘Ring-fenced’ funding – only to be spent on sport – will go directly into the hands of heads and teachers who will decide what is best for their children’s needs.
  • A greater role for Britain’s best sporting and voluntary organisations, including National Governing Bodies who will increase the specialist coaching and skills development on offer for primary schools.

What does it mean for Lacrosse?

This is a substantial investment and, after such an exciting year for sport, it is great to see more resources being put into primary schools to ensure young people get access to the best possible physical education. This investment gives us the opportunity to create a nation of more physically literate and socially confident young people who will hopefully go on to participate in sport for life.

Lacrosse has had a fantastic 4 years of development with double the number of people playing the sport. However to ensure we can build on this and create long term success it is critical that young people get a good introduction to PE at school – the key to this is primary school teachers who have the confidence and skills to get more young people physically active.

Whilst schools will have the choice of how they spend this new money, we really hope that they will prioritise investment into training more teachers at primary school level as well as providing Nationally recognised coaching programmes such as English Lacrosse’s provision of Local Development Officers from our community club network .

Pop Lacrosse is an ideal product for primary schools where it provides an engaging, fun, energetic and easy to teach game. English Lacrosse is well placed to work collaboratively with other sports through Sport England and the network of County Sports Partnerships and with the Youth Sports Trust to make the most of this investment and support the work of primary school teachers.

Speaking on behalf of English Lacrosse, Development Director, Mark Coups said, “This is excellent news and the Government should be commended as they have provided a substantial resource in difficult economic times to a key area of support for creating a sporting habit for life. Primary school teachers play such an important role in creating a nation of physically literate young people and embedding early the habit of being physically active.”

“English Lacrosse is well placed to respond to this announcement and we are already in discussions to work collaboratively with a range of sports through Sport England”

“Young people who get a good early introduction into sport will be more confident and more likely to participate in a range of sports as they progress through their lives. Primary schools are the first step to ensure that this happens and this funding will be a massive boost to enable the schools to do a better job. English Lacrosse is well placed to respond to this announcement and we are already in discussions to work collaboratively with a range of sports through Sport England, the network of County Sports Partnerships and the Youth Sports Trust to make the most of this investment.”