In April 2000 the Government published its sports strategy: A Sporting Future for All, recognising the importance of sport in school and in young peoples’ lives. This set out the Government’s vision for widening participation for all children with the aim of creating a clear pathway from schools, into clubs and communities and ultimately to the world stage. Here it announced the intention to establish 600 School Sport Coordinators (SSCo) in communities of greatest need and linked to the network of Specialist Sports Colleges.
“It is in school where most of us get our first chance to try sport. It is here that children discover their talent and their potential. They need the chance to try a variety of sports, to see which they enjoy most. They need high quality teaching of basic skills. They need opportunities to compete at a level in line with where their ability has developed. They need clear pathways into taking part at club and national levels, with the right coaching and the right support at every stage”.
This document was subsequently refined into an action plan: The Government’s Plan for Sport, published in 2001. In October 2002 the PE, School Sport and Club Links strategy, incorporating many of the actions proposed in this Government Plan for Sport, was initiated and this formed the keystone of a bridge being built from PE to lifelong participation in sport via out of school hours learning, interschool sport and school–club links.
Both of these Government documents made reference to the role of PE and sport in contributing to broader educational objectives such as whole school improvement, personal and social values such as self-discipline, leadership and teamwork, and development in the community.
Editor's comments - [ Building on the legacy of City Technology Colleges, the introduction of specialist sports colleges was announced in 1996, with the incoming Labour government in 1997 supporting the specialist schools initiative and its expansion. The same year saw the designation of the first specialist sports college. Ten years later and there were 401 Specialist Sports Colleges, and 449 School Sport Partnerships comprising, according to this document, all schools in England. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>
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Reference : YST. (2006). Know the score: A Collection of evidence to support the impact of the sports college network. Loughborough: YST
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