Uk News Nearly 100 school playing fields sold off in seven years 'putting Lionesses legacy at risk' United Kingdom news
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Nearly 100 school playing fields have been sold off in the last seven years prompting warnings that the next generation of England women’s footballers “could be lost”.Government data shows that 94 schools have sold their playing fields since January 2015, impacting 75,683 pupils, according to new analysis.It comes after England’s victorious Lionesses squad issued an open letter to Conservative leadership hopefuls Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss calling on them to ensure all girls have access to football in schools.The Liberal Democrats, which uncovered the school playing field sell offs after analysing Department for Education (DfE) figures, called on the candidates to reverse the decline in school playing fields and support girls’ access to sport to ensure England’s victory at the Women’s Euro 2022 “has a lasting legacy for young women across the country.” Although details of several of the DfE’s “decisions on the disposal of school land” included details of other sports facilities to replace those lost, a Lib Dem source said often this means schools replacing playing fields with indoor facilities, for examples.“That still means that those children are losing a playing field, it still means they’re selling off the family silver for a quick buck,” the source said.“There’s also no guarantee that those other facilities will serve the same purpose.
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. “Ultimately the Government should be providing enough funding for both.”More from PoliticsSunak insists towns need to be levelled up after saying he diverted money from deprived cities05 August, 2022Number of people out of work due to ill-health since the start of the pandemic up by 200,00005 August, 2022Liz Truss tax plan sets up potential 'conflict' with Bank of England over inflation, IfS says05 August, 2022The research showed Kent was the worst affected area with 3,592 students affected across five schools. Derbyshire and Lincolnshire also had four schools affected each with 4,231 and 3,247 students losing access to sports facilities respectively. Lib Dem education spokeswoman Munira Wilson said: “The next generation of Lionesses could be lost if the Government fails to give all girls the opportunity to play football at school.“The new Prime Minister cannot continue this legacy of failure. Both Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss must commit to ensuring that every child has access to outdoor sports facilities.”
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