Olympics sports clubs for schools

THE three main secondary schools in Hucknall and Bulwell are to become community sports clubs as part of this year’s Olympic Games celebrations.

Notts County Council has welcomed the £1 billion strategy unveiled by the government to generate a sporting legacy after London 2012.

And it has backed the key part of the strategy, which is to open up facilities at secondary schools across the county to local communities.

Holgate Comprehensive School and the National Church Of England Academy in Hucknall, plus The Bulwell Academy, are all expected to benefit.

The five-year strategy, which aims to inspire a generation to get involved in sport, has been unveiled by Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

For the first time, funding is to be made available to open up school sports facilities for wider public use.

A total of £100 million is to be invested in creating the clubs and tackling the drop-off in sports participation that can happen when young people leave school

The strategy, to be delivered by the Sport England organisation, would see new school-based sports clubs established with links to the national governing bodies of one or more sports. Expert coaches will run sessions to help create strong ties between schools and local sports clubs already in existence in their area.

Coun John Cottee (Con), Cabinet member for culture and community at the county council, said: “We have a unique opportunity in this country to seize the feelgood factor of London 2012 and create a real sporting legacy.

“We await more specific details to see how the strategy will relate to Nottinghamshire. But in broad terms, it is good to see this announcement being made.”

Sport England’s chief executive, Jennie Price, said: “Changing the sporting behaviour of a generation is a major challenge, which has not been achieved by any other Olympic host nation.”