BRITAIN’S flagship schools sport strategy risks being little more than a “gimmick” without long-term funding, MPs will warn today.
They fear that Education Secretary Michael Gove’s £150million primary school premium lasts only two years.
The Commons education select committee will argue that the UK needs a school sports revolution to produce the next generation of champions and build on London 2012.
Committee chairman Graham Stuart said: “There is a risk the primary sport premium will become little more than a gimmick.” He added long-term funding and strategy was vital.
The Schools Games programme is welcomed but MPs will warn sport should be offered to every child — not just “sporty young people”.
Last night an Education spokesman said £750,000 has been spent on a pilot scheme to create specialist PE teachers with the first 120 joining schools from September.
He said: “The new PE curriculum will put competitive sport back at the heart of school life and end the damaging ‘prizes for all’ culture.
“Our reforms will ensure every child is given the opportunities they need to be fit, healthy and to excel at sport.”