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Guernsey schools promised £200,000 a year for sports lessons

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Sports lessons in Guernsey are set to receive double their current funding.

The Committee for Education, Sport and Culture have announced they will give £200,000 to the 'PE in Schools Programme' from 2019.

The programme currently receives half that amount and is funded by the Guernsey Sports Commission through sponsorship.

The funding increase will mean the programme will continue in every primary school in Guernsey and will include St Anne's in Alderney for the first time.

The programme has run since 2010 and last year, delivered over 1,000 sessions to 1,250 children.

With the extra funding, it's hoped schools will now have better facilities, kit and improved coaching opportunities.

The commitment from the States comes before the home Island Games in 2021.

I think most people would agree with the Committee that all students should have access to high-quality PE and sport in schools.

Without this investment the future of PE in Schools would be highly uncertain. In addition we are responding to powerful recommendations from schools and sports professionals about what could be achieved by enhancing the programme.

This programme is greatly valued by schools and students and emphasises the clear links between education and sport, which the Committee is fully committed to developing.

– Deputy Matt Fallaize, President for the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture