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Government fully committed to increasing sports participation in UK says Culture Secretary

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Maria Miller, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has reiterated the Government’s commitment to increase sports participation across the UK as part of the legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Culture Secretary explained that the Government are working in a number of ways to improve sports participation, including investing huge amounts of funding into primary schools to help teachers improve their knowledge of the subject.

"There are many ways in which we work hard to improve sports participation," said Miller.

"Most recently, £150 million additional ring-fenced funding is going into primary schools, a year, over the next two years to help increase the expertise of teachers in that area.

"More broadly than that, through Sport England, £1 billion is going into our sports and community partnership programmes, in which the increased participation of young people in sports is so important.

"Our commitment is there, and these figures have not been declining.

"Certainly, the investment for primary schools is absolutely incremental funding."

Miller also stated that the governance is in place to help ensure a lasting legacy form London 2012, but stressed that it is not something that can be judged in the short-term.

"The governance is in place to ensure that the legacy continues, not just for the next 12 months or 24 months," she said.

"I believe that Lord Coe is right to say that legacy will only really be able to be judged in the next 10 years.

"The governance we have put in place, I believe, will make sure that we have important linkages moving forwards.

"For instance, take the work that is now going on in schools with the Change4Life programme, encouraging health and activity through the work and funding of the Department for Health, working within our schools.

"This sits alongside the £150 million extra money that is going to primary schools, which is actually funded by three departments, including my own.

"We all have a common objective, which is to use the Olympic and Paralympic legacy to provide real, powerful momentum, particularly around children’s participation in sport."

To read the full Q&A with Maria Miller click here
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