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Save School Sports in Brighton & Hove 

Location: UK » South East » BN

The Tory-Lib Dem government announced plans in November 2010 to cut the entire £162million budget of the School Sports Partnership.

Brighton & Hove School Sports Partnership has a budget of £320,000 a year, and stands to lose every penny of this, devastating school sports and almost certainly resulting in redundancies.

The School Sports Partnership was set up by Labour to improve the standard of school sports. In 1997 only 25% of all children had the statutory two hours a week of PE, by 2010 this had increased to 95%, and the gap between the hours of sport played in state and private schools is now narrower than ever.

The Partnership aims to get children interested in sport and fitness from a young age, improve their skills and tackle health issues like childhood obesity. It was also intended to ensure the legacy of the 2012 London Olympics would benefit children up-and-down the country for decades to come.

The local School Sports Partnership is run by Dorothy Stringer High School, which was made a specialist sports college in 2002 and is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted due to its sporting and academic excellence. The school acts as a hub, working with 72 schools in and around the Brighton & Hove area, providing expert PE teachers and sports coaches, and running after school clubs, inter-schools competitions and nationally acclaimed dance and sports festivals.

Labour is working closely with local schools, teachers and parents to save the Brighton & Hove School Sports Partnership. We are really passionate about the work the SSP has done to improve school sports across the city, and so we are using every tool we can to fight these cuts.


We have already:

* Launched a petition on the Brighton & Hove City Council website. If we get 1,250 signatures we will secure a council debate.

* Submitted a question to the Tory administration running Brighton & Hove City Council to ask them to fight against the cuts

* Proposed an Early Day Motion (EDM) in the House of Commons against the cuts.

* Submitted a question in the House of Lords through former City Council Leader Lord Steve Bassam of Brighton


Support Our Campaign:

There are three ways you can support our campaign:

* Sign the online petition: http://www.saveschoolsports.co.uk

* Ask your MP to sign EDM 1006 ‘School Sports Partnerships’ submitted by Labour MP Ian Mearns.

* Tell us why you oppose the Tory cuts to school sports in Brighton & Hove by emailing: saveschoolsports@queensparklabour.com


Find Out More:

Visit the Brighton and Hove School Sports Partnership website to see some of the great work that is now under threat: http://www.brightonandhovessp.co.uk/

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