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School sport facilities supported by the sugar tax!

Benefits from the sugar tax money could 'last a lifetime' for schoolchildren as it is announced that the funding distributed to schools will go towards facilities to support physical education and after-school sports clubs, according to the education secretary, Justine Greening.

Justine Greening revealed that the £415m (US$515.9m, €486.6m) generated from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy will encourage pupils to have "healthier, more active lifestyles”.

Schools will benefit from the money from the 2018/19 academic year with local authorities and multi-academy trusts being charged with making decisions locally on how the money is invested.

 "Schools can really help our children get a healthy start in life from exercise and sport, and also from knowing what a healthy diet means,” said Greening.

"It’s not only good for them while they’re in education, but the health and wellbeing benefits can last a lifetime.”

The Soft Drinks Industry Levy was expected to raise £520m (US$646.5m, €610m) when it was first announced by former Chancellor George Osborne last year.

However, the government has committed to spending the £415m even if the levy doesn’t reach that target.