Schools to get £23m boost for PE lessons

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The nation’s next Mo Farah or Jessica Ennis could emerge from a Fylde coast school, thanks to a boost of thousands of pounds for sports.

The government has announced a pot of £23m to be shared between schools in the North West to transform PE lessons.

Headteachers can use the cash to recruit extra specialist PE teachers, buy new equipment and offer a selection of sports and free after-school clubs.

Schools are being handed an average of £9,000 from the PE and Sports Premium.

Minister for children and families Edward Timpson said: “Whether a child is a potential future Olympian or a keen amateur – I want them all to be given the chance to fulfil their sporting potential.”

The Fylde coast already has a number of ‘Olympic legacy’ sports groups, including at Park School, Blackpool, which has won awards, and St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School in Cleveleys is looking forward to creating its own Olympic legacy with new outdoor facilities being built.