Save our School Sports Partnerships
Local Campaign progress
Letter in response to WHSPAA (inluding WH SSP) meeting's concerns from Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, MP, 31st January, here
Meeting to Express Concerns on the demise of our SSP, with MP Grant Shapps, 14th January
Save our SSP Campiagn group comprises: Matt Rayner, Y&SPO, Sue Lewis Head of SFO Sports College and SSP Hub school, Steve Savva, WH PDM,, Shelly Harris, SSP Young Leaders’ Rep. (based at Monks Walk school)
Dave Bartlett, WHSPAA Chairman. On 14th January the Campaign group met Grant to make him aware of the problems that demolishing our SSP would have on our schools and community and look at ways forward. Grant forwarded our letter to Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt.
Michael Gove forced into about-turn over scrapping School Sports Partnerships after outrage over cuts
".. the Department for Education announced that the school sports infrastructure would stay in place until the end of the current academic year with an additional £47 million of funding."
Read the full article in The Telegraph, Tuesday 21st December
Thanks to everyone who helped move the Government's goalposts!
Previously WHSPAA reported...
Welwyn Hatfield School Sports Partnership has delivered more sport and physical activity for our children than ever before, yet Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has not only demolished the scheme and made the staff who deliver competitive sport (and all the other SSP aspects) redundant, but he wants Olympic-style competition and leagues starting June 2010. Last accademic year, for example our SSP enabled more than 7000 children to take part in competitive sport. In total in WH 11000 children benefitted from our SSP's schemes.
The national campaign started by Debbie Foote, a 17-year-old Young Ambassador for Sport, rasied over 600,000 signatures and they were presented to Michael Gove, 6th December. The Government are deliberating but without further support we could still see the network of schools, as SSPs, and most of the 10 strands disappearing.
See more on our National and Local Documents page
Follow the national updates and opinions on the subject on Facebook's 'Save SSPs', click here.