School sports in Sheffield are receiving a £1.2 million funding boost from the Government over the next two years.
Deputy Prime Minister and Hallam MP Nick Clegg has announced the money will be shared between 134 primary schools across the city in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
The funding is the equivalent of around two days a week of a primary teacher’s time to provide more sport for their pupils. A typical primary school with 250 pupils would receive £9,250 per year.
Mr Clegg said: “This money means children in Sheffield will be able to take part in sport in primary schools.
“Sport can help children to build confidence, understand teamwork and, above all, keep healthy.
“Liberal Democrats are determined to make sure we take advantage of the enthusiasm we saw during the Olympics last year. The best legacy of the Games would be more children taking part in sport and learning how to live a healthy lifestyle.”
The funding follows criticism of the Government for abolishing a previous fund worth £162 million for school sports in 2010.