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Kent Cricket Board announces teaching partnership initiative to provide sustainable support for £150m Government funding boost for school sport & PE

Not for profit organisation the Kent Cricket Board, has teamed up with quality sport and PE teaching provider Teachsport, to build on the legacy potential of the 2012 Olympic games and its own £500K investment funded through the Cricket Foundation’s Chance to Shine programme launched in 2012. This is intended to create an initiative that aims to provide a lasting legacy for sport education in Kent.

The initiative has developed out of the Government’s pledge to create a greater role for sport’s National Governing Bodies to increase the specialist coaching and skills development on offer for primary schools. It will build broad based teaching and coaching programmes across PE and all sports for schools in Kent and the London Boroughs of Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham, that will deliver a lasting provision for pupils whilst being capable of passing the toughest Ofsted inspections.

The Kent Cricket Board has been able to do this due to its firmly established partnership with Teachsport over many years. Teachsport has provided high level PE curriculum teaching and sports coaching in Primary Schools for over 12 years, and through its experience of delivering ‘EmployActive’ certified training and work placement programmes, is in a position to train primary teachers as specialist PE teachers and sports coaches.

Kent Cricket Board’s Director of Operations, Clair Gould said, “This is a vital step forward, essential to ensure there is sustainable quality sport in Kent schools for the long term, irrespective of financial or political climates. We want to ensure that the current investment being made available to primary schools by the Government is used for the maximum benefit of pupils and delivers a lasting legacy.”

Ross Walker, Managing Director of Teachsport added, “This is a wonderful opportunity to build on the structure already developed by the Kent Cricket Board, with the £500K investment from the Cricket Foundation’s ‘Chance to Shine’ and develop broad based, highly qualified teaching and coaching teams throughout the county.”

Emma Jenkins, Kent Education’s Learning Plus Advisor and Manager of Kent Children’s University commented ”I welcome this unique initiative from a National Governing Body that looks beyond its own sport to create opportunities for both pupils and teachers to take advantage of an enriched education experience that develops programmes that target specific users’ needs. I look forward to schools embracing this exciting development in sport education in Kent.”

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