What is Sports Premium Funding and how do we use it?
Why have schools been given Sports Premium funding?
To make sure as many people as possible are playing sport, the government is:
- funding Sport England, to help community sports grow, including helping 14- to 25-year-olds to keep playing sport throughout their lives
- expanding the School Games programme to increase opportunities for more young people to play competitive sport
- spending over £450 million on improving physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools over the 3 academic years from 2013 to 2014 to 2015 to 2016
Schools must use the funding that they are given to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.
This means that schools can use the premium to:
- develop or add to the PE and sport activities that the school already offers
- make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years
For example, the funding can be used to:
- hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers
- provide existing staff with training or resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
- introduce new sports or activities and encourage more pupils to take up sport
- support and involve the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs, holiday clubs and Change4Life clubs
- run sport competitions
- increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
- run sports activities with other schools