Fitness champ fears for future of schools’ PE

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A Barnsley-based fitness champion says PE lessons – and pupils’ health – could be severely compromised as schools come under pressure to focus more on academic subjects.

Darren Padgett, founder of Team Activ who works in the region’s schools, says they are already struggling to fit sport into their day because of new changes which emphasise maths and literacy.

Darren fears PE will be squeezed even further and says schools are already cutting back on the time pupils can be active.