Save school playing fields

 

It’s just emerged that over a million children could lose the fields where they play. [1] The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has quietly relaxed the rules protecting school playing fields. Many people are worried that this could open the door for them to be sold off to developers.

Without playing fields it’s hard to imagine the children of today – the Team GB of tomorrow – will ever match this year’s record Olympic medal haul. If playing fields are sold off and built on, there’ll be no way to get them back. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Right now David Cameron and his Government won’t want a scandal about school playing fields taking the shine off the Olympic legacy. [2] There’s a great chance that if tens of thousands of 38 Degrees members create a public outcry by building a big petition, Michael Gove will back down to make sure the Olympic after-party continues on a high.

Click here to sign the petition to Michael Gove to save school children’s play areas:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/playing-fields

For lots of people, playing outside at break time left them with some of their happiest memories of school. But happy memories aren’t the only long-term benefit of having proper places for children to play. Running around outside gives children the chance to get into good exercise habits early in life. And it can help them concentrate in class the rest of the time, so they learn faster. [3]

The Government is already feeling the heat – already a national newspaper has launched a campaign on this issue. [4] We can build on this pressure and, together, we can make that final push to persuade Michael Gove to do the right thing.

We’ve already had one great success around the Olympics – our massive petition persuaded sponsors not to take advantage of a tax-break available to them. Together, as the Paralympic Games approach, we have a great chance of persuading the Government to protect the play areas of our future Olympians.

Click here to sign the petition:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/playing-fields

Thanks for being involved,

Ian, Marie, Hannah and the 38 Degrees team

PS: Just a few days ago David Cameron announced his plans to make sport in schools compulsory. [5] Where are kids going to play sports if playing fields have been sold off? Sign the petition here:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/playing-fields

NOTES:
[1] Telegraph: Keep the Flame Alive: A million pupils could lose sports fields http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/news/9478635/Keep-the-Flame-Alive-A-million-pupils-could-lose-sports-fields.html
Guardian: School sports fields in danger as government relaxes rules: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/aug/14/school-sports-fields-government-olympics
Telegraph: Keep The Flame Alive: Team sports blow for schools http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/keep-the-flame-alive/9475984/Keep-The-Flame-Alive-School-playing-fields-at-risk-as-ministers-relax-building-rules.html
[2] Number 10: PM appoints Seb Coe as Olympics legacy ambassador http://www.number10.gov.uk/news/pm-appoints-seb-coe-as-olympics-legacy-ambassador/
[3] Exercise ‘helps’ school children concentrate: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east/8629867.stm
[4] Telegraph: Keep the flame alive http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/keep-the-flame-alive/
[5] BBC: School competitive team sports move unveiled http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-19219942

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