Derbyshire school kids get sporting boost

Hundreds of schoolchildren will be given a sporting chance thanks to £200,000 from Derbyshire County Council.

The money will help young people across the county take part in competitions and sports festivals over the next two years.

It will also be used to create links between schools and community sports clubs and identify and nature talented youngsters.

Cash will also go towards identifying committed young leaders, getting them volunteering in their community and supporting them through leadership academies.

Up to 1,000 primary and secondary teachers will also receive training to make sure that pupils are benefiting from high quality PE in schools.

While 400 young people, including those with disabilities, will receive support to represent Derbyshire county school teams.

Councillor Mike Longden, the county council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “We are delighted to be able to provide this money for an extremely important project.

“Over the past five years there’s been some outstanding work to transform PE and sport in Derbyshire schools enabling young people of all abilities to get involved.

“There have been some very positive outcomes for young people as a direct result – better school attainment, improved health, personal achievements and increased confidence and self esteem.

“We hope to build on that work to expand the opportunities available, strengthen PE and school sports across the county and ensure a legacy in Derbyshire from the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The money will be managed by Derbyshire Sport and will be allocated to each of the eight school sports partnerships across the county.

Funding of £100,000 will be available for each of the years 2011/12 and 2012/13.

Councillor Longden added: “These funds will be used to support the development of children and young people of all abilities across the county, particularly those who are disabled, who have special educational needs or who are in our care.”