Over the past 20 years it has been commonplace for local education authorities to sell off school playing fields for redevelopment. Indeed Michael Gove has been responsible for selling off around 20 school playing fields in the last two years. Their subsequent use by children to develop an interest and ability in sport has therefore been lost and it seems incongruous that the education secretary and the government have been calling for renewed emphasis on playing sport in school. Based on the Olympic euphoria the focus has fallen foul of the short-term vision held by previous educational secretaries who sold off the land.
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