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School Sport
PE, School Sport & Club Links (PESSCL) is a joint DCMS/DfES initiative to implement a national strategy for PE & School Sport. The Government is investing 459 million between 2003/04 and 2005/06 in support of the project.
The DCMS/DfES shared Public Service Agreement target has been extended to 2008. The target is now to enhance the take-up of sporting opportunities by 5 to 16 year olds so that the percentage of school children in England who spend a minimum of two hours each week on high quality PE and school sport within and beyond the curriculum increases from 25% in 2002 to 75% by 2006 and to 85% by 2008, and to at least 75% in each School Sport Partnership by 2008.
Further information on the PSA can be found at:
The project has eight sub-delivery programmes and is closely linked with a separate project to implement the recommendations of the Coaching Task Force. These are as follows:
  • Specialist Sports Colleges
  • School Sport Partnerships
  • Gifted and Talented
  • QCA investigation
  • Step into Sport
  • Professional Development
  • Club Links
  • Swimming
Each of these is explained in 'Learning through PE and Sport' (March 2003). It is also available by post from the Department.
For further information, e-mail Susan Shaw, Head of School Sport and Coaching -

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