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School sports partnerships: An alternative approach

PE and sport
The All Active Academy is a sporting partnership of primary, special and secondary schools in north Worcestershire. Caroline Sidell explains why working together on school sport has proved so successful.

Sometimes it takes the removal of something for one to understand its full value and, for me, the School Sports Partnerships (SSPs) are a prime example of this.

South Bromsgrove High School was closely involved in this government-funded initiative that set up partnerships across the country including in our area, north Worcestershire.

SSPs brought together staff from primary, secondary and special schools and provided PE and school sports planning and co-ordination, training and joint projects.

However, once central funding was axed we were unable to secure funding from other sources to keep our SSP going. Some of the links remained and schools continued to work together informally, but activities were fragmented and many fewer were taking place.

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