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£830,000 Olympic legacy cash boost for Wirral schools
10:01am Wednesday 20th March 2013 in News
An extra £830,600 will go to primary schools across Wirral to transform sport, improve coaching for the youngest pupils and inspire the Olympic and Paralympic stars of the future.
The windfall has been announced by Prime Minister David Cameron and is part of a £150m Olympic legacy fund to improve the quality of sport in every state primary school in England.
Wirral West MP Esther McVey said: “This money will help to secure the Olympic legacy and support our gold medal winners of the future.
“The Olympic and Paralympic Games marked an incredible year for this country and I will always be proud that we showed the world what Britain can do.
"I want to ensure the Games count for the future too and that means capitalising on the inspiration young people took from what they saw during those summer months.
"This investment will benefit a whole generation of children for many years to come."
Olympic gold winner Jess Ennis said: “It is great to see initiatives that help to give really young children the chance to take part in sport.
"This latest funding for primary schools sounds fantastic – now whether in an inner city or small rural community, young kids will be introduced to fun ways to be active that will spark an interest in taking part in sport as they grow up.”
Double Olympic Champion Mo Farah said: “It is great to see a commitment to funding school sport and that it is something I passionately believe in.
"I am very excited to know that lots of children will be able to get involved in sport while at school and get more help from teachers and coaches. It really is very important.”