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Primary schools in England are going to share an extra £150m per year sports funding until 2020, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced.
The direct funding scheme for school sport, announced last year, is going to be extended for a further five years.
Each year primary schools will continue to receive £8,000, plus £5 per pupil.
As well as promoting good health, Mr Cameron says, school sport has an important role in building “confidence and a sense of achievement”.
The funding – the Primary PE and Sport Premium – provides money directly to primary school head teachers, carrying on the sporting legacy of the Olympics.
There have also been repeated warnings about childhood obesity and lack of exercise.
“Sport is so important because it encourages children to be active, lead a healthy lifestyle, make friends and, of course, have fun,” Mr Cameron said.
“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.”
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* source BBC news