The National Governing Bodies for cricket, hockey and netball have joined forces in a bid to encourage 150,000 schoolgirls to play team sports. The initiative named, TeamUp has been launched by the England and Wales Cricket Board, England Hockey and England Netball. Their aim is to engage with more than 15,000 schools over the next three years to help them increase their offer in cricket, netball and hockey for girls aged between seven and thirteen.
The Sainsbury’s 2012 School Games and its predecessor the UK School Games (2006-2011) have a strong track-record of providing a springboard for athletes who then go on to compete at a national level.
Around 1,600 of the nation’s finest young sports stars will compete in the Sainsbury’s 2012 School Games, cheered on by an estimated 35,000 spectators at what will be will be the last event to be held on the Olympic Park before the opening ceremony on 27th July.
The 2010 Sainsbury’s UK School Games will run from 2nd – 5th September and will be hosted by Gateshead, Newcastle and Sunderland.
In addition to the clear instruction for teaching skills, rules and strategies, each lesson generates opportunities for students to develop physical, cognitive and social skills.
Jeremy Hunt, the shadow secretary of state for culture, media and sport, is considering proposals which would see schools compete against each other in a variety of events at local, county and regional levels, before a national championships was held in a major UK city.
At the culmination of the Games, one school would be crowned with the accolade of the sportiest in the country.
Basketball, synchronised swimming, taekwondo, boxing, archery and hockey are the big winners in UK Sport’s Olympic 2012 funding programme. All six have received sizeable increases in their budgets ahead of London, with basketball getting a huge 136% increase, up from £3.7m to £8.7m. Rowing is now Britain’s best funded Olympic sport, getting £27.5m of the £304m pot available. The big losers include shooting, table tennis, handball and fencing. UK Sport insists the level of funding builds on the £265m that was provided ahead of the Beijing Games and enables Britain to target a top-four finish in the medals table in London. But its £550m budget is £50m below the £600m that had been pledged and has meant that some sports, like handball, have lost out. “We are gutted,” Paul Goodwin, general manager of British Handball, “I don’t know how we are going to afford our coaches.”