Fears of school playing fields sell-off as Michael Gove relaxes Government regulations
The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has relaxed Government regulations on the amount of minimum outdoor space schools must provide pupils for playing team games.
Campaigners fear the move, which was approved just a week before the London 2012 Games, will jeopardise the Olympic legacy for grassroots sports by leading to the further sell-off of playing fields.
Tim Lamb, chief executive of the Sport and Recreation Alliance, called on ministers to maintain a minimum space requirement for playing fields. He said: "Without a minimum requirement, the danger is that short-term expediency could jeopardise the ability of schools to deliver sport for future generations."
The revised guidelines were approved on 19 July and will come into force at the end of October.
Previously, secondary schools were expected to provide pitches ranging from 5,000 sq m to 35,000 sq m for schools with 600 pupils or more.
But under the new rules they must simply provide "suitable" outdoor space for the teaching of physical education and for students to play on.
A Department for Education spokesman said: "Our extremely strict rules on playing fields will stay firmly in place. This Government has only approved sales if the school has closed, has merged, or if equal or better facilities are being put in their place."
Stand by for another DECADE of wet summers, say Met Office meteorologists
'Jail reckless bankers': Report urges the Government to introduce new criminal offence for reckless management
Feat of engineering: Incredible photographs show construction beneath New York's Second Avenue
World news in pictures
Google challenges US surveillance gagging order
- 1 Disability campaigners celebrate 'victory' after government rethink over plans to make it more difficult to claim disability benefits
- 2 'Jail reckless bankers': Report urges the Government to introduce new criminal offence for reckless management
- 3 Breaking the Silence: In the reality of occupation, there are no Palestinian civilians – only potential terrorists
- 4 We never knew Nigella Lawson - and we still don’t
- 5 Vice pulls 'breathtakingly tasteless' fashion shoot glorifying the suicides of famous female authors from Sylvia Plath to Virginia Woolf
£110 - £135 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Teaching opportunites in t...
£21000 - £32000 per annum: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Primary Teaching opp...
£21000 - £32000 per annum: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Primary School teach...
£21000 - £32000 per annum: Randstad Education Chelmsford: We have a range of T...