Students race ahead of sports participation target

Students in Merton have the competitive edge when it comes to taking part in school sport.

They have surpassed the Government set target of 85% participation in physical education a year early.

86% of pupils are now involved in at least two hours of sport a week – a 34% increase in just four years.

Experienced PE teachers are working with schools to develop quality sports programmes and increase the number of opportunities for students.

Pupils are also encouraged to be competitive and take part in activities such as the London Youth Games and the London Mini Marathon.

National studies have shown that participation in sport has a positive impact on academic performance and behaviour.

Cabinet member for School Standards and Youth Engagement, Councillor Oonagh Moulton, says: “Merton Council is working with teachers and students to ensure that there are opportunities for all age groups to be involved in sport. I am delighted that the hard work and dedication of school teachers and students is paying off and this level of participation is an excellent achievement.”

The Merton School Sport Partnership is now working towards a target of 90% by July 2008.

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Notes to editors:
· For more information on the London Youth Games go to http://www.merton.gov.uk/youthgames