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Policy Commitment

The Playing for Success (PfS) initiative has its origins in the Government's 1997 manifesto commitment “to attack under-achievement in urban areas, we have developed a new scheme with the Premier League.  In partnerships between central government, local government and football clubs, study support centres will be set up at Premier League grounds for the benefit of local children. The scheme will be launched on a pilot basis during the 1997-1998 season".

The initiative was announced in the Government’s Excellence in Schools (1997) white paper. It also featured in the 2001 manifesto which made reference to progress in establishing study support centres in football clubs and its extension to other sports.  

More recently, the new Education and Skills: Investment for Reform document says: "Priority 2 is to encourage all schools to extend their out-of-hours work with pupils and their links with the community, with more Playing for Success study centres in a wide range of football and other sports clubs". "A New Specialist System: Transforming Secondary Education" (published February 2003) sets out a target of 100 centres by 2006. The primary strategy Excellence and Enjoyment also emphasises the role of study support, with a case study on Playing for Success.

The Children's Green Paper Every Child Matters (published September 2003) set out for consultation a framework for improving outcomes for all children to develop their full potential - including through study support and other out-of-school-hours learning.

A new target of 150 Centres open by 2008 was announced in December 2004 as part of the National Strategy for PE and School Sports. 

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