This is a message from Christine Blower, NUT general secretary:
'The National Union of Teachers (NUT) is encouraging teachers, head teachers and members of the public to add their names to a national petition against cuts to school sports.
The Government is planning to cut the £162 million that has helped to support the work of the 450 School Sport Partnerships that have done so much to provide an infrastructure for school sport. These cuts also threaten the jobs of specialist advisers for school sports.
The Government should be building on the opportunity provided by the 2012 Olympics, and England's bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018, rather than cutting direct funding for school sports.
The NUT opposes all cuts to front line education services, including school sports, music and specialist services such as those to support the achievement of children and young people from minority ethnic backgrounds.
Sign the petition
Young Ambassadors representing the School Sports Partnerships hope to deliver over a million signatures to the Secretary of State for Education on 7th December. The NUT urges all those who support an entitlement for all children and young people to have high quality opportunities in PE and school sports to support this campaign.
Please sign the petition HERE by Monday 29th November 2010. It would also be really helpful if you could forward this email to your friends and colleagues and ask for their support.'