WITH British athletes once again going for Olympic gold in Sochi, there was great news for Wirral primary schools last week when the Prime Minister committed to keeping the £150m a year Primary PE and Sport Premium until 2020.
This means that between 2014 and 2020, primary schools in Wirral West will receive around £1,317,420, and across the whole of Wirral £5,402.922.
This is part of the government’s long-term plan to secure the Olympic and Paralympic legacy and delivers the best schools for young people.
Under the last Labour government there were thousands of schools where no pupils at all took part in competitive sport, but with this funding primary schools around England are already using the premium to get children doing more sport.
Schools are using the money for a wide range of activities including hiring extra professional coaches and PE specialist teachers, purchasing new equipment, offering more after-school clubs and delivering holiday and weekend activities.
With the upcoming centenary of WWI, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced that money is available for community projects. HLF is making at least £1m a year available until 2019 as part of the First World War: Then and Now programme for small community grants.
It will provide grants of £3,000 to £10,000, enabling groups right across the UK to explore, conserve and share their WWI heritage and deepen their understanding of the impact of the conflict.
HLF has already invested over £45m in projects that will mark the centenary of WWI. If a group has a project idea to mark the centenary, an online application pack is available at www.hlf.org.uk/ ThenAndNow.
If a group needs a grant of more than £10,000 for a WWI project, it can apply to HLF through its open programmes.
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