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Plea for playing field protection to remain

1 November 2012

New regulations will replace the minimum size requirement for school sports fields with an obligation for schools to provide space for all activities in their PE curriculum and for outdoor play. According to the Government, these will remove unnecessary restrictions and enable schools to freely determine what is best for their pupils. The scrapping of the current protections has been severely criticised by the opposition, who (when in power) had introduced the current rules to ensure schools had enough space for competitive sports. They believe that the new rules could lead to “salami slicing” of school pitches and will hinder young people’s ability to get involved in sport.

The regulations give schools/academies greater flexibility and freedom. However, this may be at the cost of having sufficient space for PE activities. It is difficult to see how this policy will enable schools/academies to build on the Olympics legacy and get more young people involved in sports.

To read more opinions on this subject, please go to Playing fields row rumbles on and Future olympic athletes with no school playing field.

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