Councils will be forced to match the Government's Pounds 1 million injection into school sports if they employ co-ordinators to organise extracurricular activities.
All secondaries have been invited to appoint co-ordinators under a scheme relaunched yesterday (Thursday) by Brian Wilson, the Education Minister. Speaking in East Lothian, one of the pilot areas, Mr Wilson revealed up to Pounds 1 million will be released from the Lottery Sports Fund "in partnership funding". It will be available for the academic session beginning in August.
Lottery money will have to be 50 per cent matched by the school or authority in most cases.
Mr Wilson said he was determined to reverse the decline in sport and ensure it is "once more a fundamental part of school life". School provided the perfect setting to provide opportunities for sport and physical activity.
"Sport is not for the few or the privileged; it is for every child to participate at all levels," Mr Wilson said.
Across Scotland, 45 schools are currently piloting the co-ordinator scheme under the control of the Scottish Sports Council. Teachers are generally released one day a week to organise activities. Mr Wilson said: "To deliver a truly national programme of co-ordinators we need to work in partnership with all local authorities."
The six secondaries in East Lothian have appointed a sports co-ordinator who work in tandem with the council's sports development team.