They think it's all over - but that's a mug's game

4th October 2013 at 01:00

The teacher from the South of England ("The future of sport in state schools looks bleak", What keeps me awake at night, 20 September) and Eddy Newton, chair of the Independent Association of Prep Schools ("State primaries must get moving to beat obesity", 20 September), might have been less worried about sport in state schools had they attended the most recent meeting of the Maghull and District Community of Schools' sports coordinators.

By working together, and with expert support from three secondaries, the group of 13 primary schools is maximising the impact of government sports funding, and the buzz that this has created is tangible. We are using some of the money to buy in curriculum support and continuing professional development, and we are putting evaluation systems in place to maintain standards. The strong networks we have built up over the years enable us to identify and recommend high-quality coaches and providers to each other. We are also able to undertake district-wide projects and research to reduce obesity, engage more children in sport and build links with local sports clubs.

I am glad that Mr Newton is willing to "lend facilities, set up clubs and offer specialist training"; we'd be happy to accept. But he and Lord Coe, chairman of the London 2012 Olympics, should understand that the challenges they raise are already being met by dedicated professionals across the country.

Kath Coyle, Maghull and District Community of Schools coordinator, Holy Rosary Catholic Primary School, Aintree.

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