School welcomes Olympic legacy

Headteacher Julie Goodwin
Headteacher Julie Goodwin

A headteacher has welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to give schools extra money for sport and physical education until the end of the decade.

Mr Cameron last week announced the £150m-a-year fund will be extended until 2020 in a bid to secure the legacy of the London Olympics.

One school benefiting is St Lawrence Primary School, Barton, near Preston which received £8,420 this year.

The school already offers after school clubs, and is now able to offer a wider range of sports clubs delivered by a variety of sports coaches as well as by their own teaching staff. Headteacher Julie Goodwin said: “We aim to provide a wide curriculum that allows our children to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary for adult life in the hope that our pupils will become confident, healthy, successful adults.

“We believe PE and sport can significantly contribute to this. The funding we have received will enable us to extend our sports curriculum even further and give our children increased sporting opportunities.”

Mr Cameron said: “Sport is so important because it encourages children to be active and lead a healthy lifestyle.”