'Championing the rights of children'

Primary school children could have to do two hours of sport a week if Labour wins election

Garry Thu 24 Jul 2014 11:30

Labour will introduce two more hours of compulsory sport for school pupils if they win the next election.

Primary school children could have to do two hours of sport every week if Labour wins next general election, Harriet Harman is to announce.

A two hour target for primary schools was axed by former Education secretary Michael Gove when he came into office.

However, Miss Harman, the shadow Culture, Media and Sport secretary, will say a Labour Government will look at reintroduce the two hours of compulsory sport.

The news comes as the Commonwealth Games opens in Glasgow and two years after the London Olympic Games.

The Daily Telegraph ran the Keep The Flame Alive campaign to encourage more children to take up sport in the months after the London Games.
Other measures to be examined by Labour include forcing Premier League football clubs to give five per cent of their television revenues to fund grassroots sport.

The Premier League agreed a five per cent voluntary levy on TV revenues to develop grassroots football in 2001.

But Labour said the League had been criticised over what they count towards this levy and as a result, the sums going to grassroots fell short.

Labour now wants to consult on the need for greater transparency about the sums that the Premier League receives in TV revenues and then puts into grassroots sport.

Read more... (Daily Telegraph - 24 July)