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£1bn plan for school sports clubs

Every English secondary school will host a community sports club under a £1 billion plan to get the nation active for life unveiled by Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Expert coaches will be brought in to run sessions and each of the 4,000 projects will have links to at least one national sporting governing body.

The clubs will be set up under a five-year youth and community sport strategy, which will deliver on Lord Coe's 2012 Games bid promise to inspire a generation to get involved in sport, according to the Government.

Most of the cash will come from Lottery funding with £200 million of Government money earmarked for the plans up to 2015.

Mr Hunt said: "Despite huge investment of public funds since we won the right to host the Games, participation by young people in sport has been falling.

"We need a radical change in policy to address the deep-seated problem of people dropping out of sport when they leave school.

"Our bold approach will see money going to organisations that deliver on youth participation, but also withdrawn quickly from those which fail to meet agreed objectives."

Around £450 million of the cash is going directly to sports governing bodies between 2013 and 2017 for their "whole sport plans", the Government said.

Of that, 60% will be targeted at getting 14 to 25-year-olds into a sporting habit for life while the remaining 40% will be aimed at the rest of the population.

The governing bodies will have to prove they are getting results or will jeopardise their public funding, officials said.


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