Cambs & Peterborough: School Sport Cash

16 March 2013, 08:18 | Updated: 16 March 2013, 08:24

Primary schools in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are to get millions of pounds in sports funding, as part of the legacy of London 2012.

According to the government, it's hoped the funding will 'improve coaching for the youngest pupils and inspire the Olympic and Paralympic stars of the future'.

Primary schools in Cambridgeshire will be given £1.7 million a year for the next two years.

Peterborough's primary schools will share £525,000 a year for the next two years.

Primary schools across the country are getting the funding, which consists of a lump sum and a top up depending on the number of pupils schools have.

The funding is 'ring-fenced', meaning it can only be spent on sports activities such as after scholl clubs, coaching and dedicated sports programmes.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: "The Olympic and Paralympic Games marked an incredible year for this country and I will always be proud that we showed the world what Britain can do. 

I want to ensure the Games count for the future too and that means capitalising on the inspiration young people took from what they saw during those summer months.

With this new approach to sport, we can create a culture in our schools that encourages all children to be active and enjoy sport, and helps foster the aspirations of future Olympians and Paralympians. 

Whether that is the future Jessica Ennis, Ellie Simmonds or Mo Farah, or someone who will simply learn to love sport and exercise for a lifetime, this investment will benefit a?whole generation of children for many years to come."