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Two schools get £800,000 to boost sport

PUBLISHED: 11:59 21 February 2009 | UPDATED: 15:03 07 July 2010

Ian Clarke

Two Norfolk schools are getting a total of £800,000 as part of a £21m government handout to boost sports facilities.

The King Edward VII School at King's Lynn has been awarded £450,000 for an artificial turf pitch and Litcham High School, has got £350,000 towards its sports hall from the Youth Sport Trust.

Two Norfolk schools are getting a total of £800,000 as part of a £21m government handout to boost sports facilities.

The King Edward VII School at King's Lynn has been awarded £450,000 for an artificial turf pitch and Litcham High School, has got £350,000 towards its sports hall from the Youth Sport Trust.

Schools' secretary Ed Balls announced that 75 sports colleges nationwide will share in the money and the aim is to ensure sports pitches can be used in the evening and through the winter with floodlights, artificial turf and new tented style sports halls.

“2008 will always be remembered as a fantastic year for sport. We all enjoyed the remarkable achievements by Team GB at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing,” said Mr Balls. “But it was also a remarkable year for sports colleges, PE and school sport.

“Once again sports colleges were the fastest improving specialist school network in terms of GCSE passes. Sports colleges are also leading the way, helping to increase the number of children and young people getting two hours of PE and sport every week - 250,000 more 5-16 year olds than this time last year.”

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