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David Cameron announces extra schools sports funding until 2020
17th February 2014
The PM David Cameron recently announced primary schools in England are going to share an extra £150 million per year sports funding until 2020. This one of several pledges for support within the education sector which is aimed at increasing participation, training more teacher & coaches plus giving schools ability to purchase better equipment.
Mr Cameron said: “Sport is so important because it encourages children to be active, lead a healthy lifestyle, make friends and, of course, have fun.”
“But quality school sport has benefits that spread right across the curriculum and beyond – it develops confidence and a sense of achievement, it teaches young people how to rise to a challenge, and nurtures the character and skills that will help them get on and succeed in life.”
Olympic champion Mo Farah commented saying: “The help I got at school was a key part of how I got to where I am today and so it can make a big difference.”
Also as of this month primary schools across England will be able to apply for a share of an £18 million fund to improve outdoor spaces for PE and sporting activities. The Lottery-funded scheme will prioritise schools with limited outside space who have a strong commitment to PE and sport.
It is a proven fact that physical activity can cause changes in the brain which leads to enhanced neurochemical capacity for memory, learning and higher thinking. With sport having such a positive impact on society, Air Structures are working in partnership with England Handball to focus on the education sector.
Schools provide an excellent opportunity to introduce new participants to handball. At primary level, it offers the perfect solution to improving the physical literacy of children, especially in relation to the core skills of running, jumping, throwing and catching. In secondary and tertiary settings, it can form part of the main curriculum. The flexibility of the sport means that it can be adapted to fit the diverse range of facilities that are found on education sites.
Football is the global game partly because it’s so easy to play: all you need is a ball. But while jumpers for goalposts are all well and good, you really can’t beat the satisfying swish sound of hitting the back of the net. If you have onsite purpose built football facilities at your school, they you are extremely fortunate as you are amongst the minority and one of the lucky few.
Many schools struggle to provide quality football coaching. Teachers find that time constraints mean using cones for goalposts. However, there is nothing like an actual goalpost! The solution maybe as simple as – iGoal. This is not football’s answer to the bouncy castle, however. UK Sales Manager Paul MacArtney also an FA referee, football fanatic and who recently received an award as one of the FA 150 Grassroots Heroes, said “IGOAL is an easy to use, no fuss portable goal, which can only help training & skills at all levels as it will overcome lots of issues, the time it takes to put up goals, less frustration with putting up goals and also storage and security problems which most clubs have...and what’s more its safe!”iGoal are also suitable for Futsal – great for improving ball skills, and other sports both indoor and outside. The range includes Match Approved football goals for 7v7 U10’s and 9v9 U12’s soccer aswell as training, garden and full sized goals.
All ASI products feature unique patented rigid air technology and offer a proven advantage to teachers, helping to engage pupils who have always missed out on games lessons. The multi-use iGoals provide the perfect solution for schools – safe, portable and easy to use – put away in seconds and neatly stored in their own carry bags. A perfect age-specific equipment solution which can enable more young people to enjoy handball aswell as other sports in schools.
New for 2014 is the recently launched iPost – portable rugby posts – look out for further details of this exciting addition to the range as part of ongoing product development.
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