A county school principal is calling for better Government support for children’s sports, and is preparing to take her case to the new MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire after the forthcoming by-election.
Linda Brooks, headteacher of Manor School Sports College, Raunds, is hoping the constituency’s next MP will take a lead in calling for more investment in school sport for Northamptonshire, not only as a way of developing students’ health and fitness but also to help them succeed academically.
Mrs Brooks said: “Manor School is fortunate to have excellent facilities, grounds and personalised sports coaching available to our students.
“We have also received funding from Sport England and the Football Foundation to further develop these resources.
“However, this is not the case for all schools across the region.
“We would like to see resources developed which allow every child the opportunity to find a sport that is right for them.
“This means improved and more accessible facilities for all, and more teachers and volunteers to help.
“We are convinced the combination of a strong sports programme with the curriculum helps pupils learn more progressively.
“This has been clearly shown through our best ever exam results earlier this year, with 97 per cent of our students taking GCSEs or equivalent achieving five A* to C grades.”
Mrs Brooks added: “Schools should be the starting point for children’s involvement in sport, and closer links need to be developed with local clubs and associations.
“We have an enormous opportunity after the Olympics to build on the imaginations of children.
“Parents play a vital role in this by encouraging and enrolling children into sports classes.”
Mrs Brooks has written to the leaders of Corby and East Northamptonshire councils and Northamptonshire County Council to highlight the benefits of sport in children’s learning.
She also plans to invite the new MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire to visit Manor School following the by-election, which is expected to take place later this year.
Manor School Sports College is holding a post-16 information evening from 5pm on Tuesday, October 16, and a new intake evening from 5pm on Thursday, October 18.