Schools to benefit from £150m boost

Mini olympic games organised by erewash school sports partnership held at Rutland Park Ilkeston on Thursday afternoon. Lauren Presbury from Stanley St Andrews, Emily Cosford from Scarghill School, Libby Wilton from St Thomas', Amy Jones from Granby Junior School, Ellie Chadburn-Tennyson from St Thomas', Harry Woods from Scarghill, Joe Towns from Stanley St Andrews and Ceira Grant from Dallimore.
Mini olympic games organised by erewash school sports partnership held at Rutland Park Ilkeston on Thursday afternoon. Lauren Presbury from Stanley St Andrews, Emily Cosford from Scarghill School, Libby Wilton from St Thomas', Amy Jones from Granby Junior School, Ellie Chadburn-Tennyson from St Thomas', Harry Woods from Scarghill, Joe Towns from Stanley St Andrews and Ceira Grant from Dallimore.

Discussions are being held across the borough to decide how best to spend a share of £150m of Government cash on school sports.

Prime Minster David Cameron announced this week that every school in the UK will receive £8,000 each, plus £5 per pupil.

The cash goes directly to teachers who will decide what is best for their children’s sporting needs.

Leader of Erewash School Sport Partnership Rhian Lilley has been busy meeting headteachers from the 46 schools in the borough.

She said: “This is really positive news for primary schools and their pupils who will benefit from the grant, it’s a welcome boost at a time when finances are being stretched.

“However, we are asking head teachers not to rush into any agreements even though it may seem like an easy option.

Her ideas included a comprehensive training programme for PE and more after-school opportunities.

Schools receive the cash in September and get the same amount in September 2014.