David Cameron defends scrapping sport targets
Friday 10 August 2012
David Cameron today defended scrapping targets for the amount of sport children play in school, saying some youngsters spent two hours performing “Indian dance”.
The Prime Minister has come under fire for ditching a requirement on schools to offer pupils at least two hours a week of sport.
Critics have called for the target to be reinstated as Britain achieves record success at the London Olympics.
But Mr Cameron said: "The trouble we have had with targets up to now, which was two hours a week, is that a lot of schools were meeting that by doing things like Indian dance or whatever, that you and I probably wouldn't think of as sport so there's a danger of thinking all you need is money and a target.
"If that was the solution we would have solved the problem by now."
The Prime Minister said pupils should be "doing as much sport in schools as possible" and again denied the Government was selling school playing fields.
He said of the 21 sold in the last two years, 14 belonged to schools which closed, four were lost because of school mergers and another three saw money injected back into sport.
"As well as the facilities and the money, what we really need is a change in culture in our schools and in society that says sport is good, competitive sport is good, schools games are good," said the Prime Minister.
Speaking to ITV1's Daybreak, he paid tribute to the National Lottery for funding elite sport and to former Tory prime minister John Major for setting it up.
Mr Cameron said: "That's one of the things that has helped deliver the gold medals, and when people say, 'Look at all this money spent on swimming or riding or supporting individual athletes - is it worth it?', my answer is 'Absolutely yes', because it's those athletes - that success - that inspires children and young people to want to be the best.
"Not everyone can be Mo Farah, but everyone can see what he's overcome and think, 'I've got to find the best things in me and make the most of those."'
- 2 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face the death penalty
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 4 Robert Mugabe eats a zoo for 'obscene' 91st birthday party
Michelle Rodriguez: Fast & Furious actor apologises after telling 'minorities' to stop taking on 'white' roles
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Putin critic may have been murdered by Islamic extremists, says president-led committee
British are sexually uptight, dirty and drink too much – according to Spanish book
Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face the death penalty
PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine 'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office'
£9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This role is based within a small family run ...
£28000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Design and marketing agenc...
£46000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This property investment firm are lookin...
£18000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company specialises provid...