Pupils join in protest with 4,500 signatures

Meeting MP Mark Simmonds (centre) are, from left, back Mark Haslam, Jasmin Orrey, Annatha Munn, Andrew Hicks and Reece Walker; front Emma Haslam. NA
Meeting MP Mark Simmonds (centre) are, from left, back Mark Haslam, Jasmin Orrey, Annatha Munn, Andrew Hicks and Reece Walker; front Emma Haslam. NA

A PETITION of more than 4,500 signatures against a Government decision to cut a sports initiative has been handed to Boston and Skegness MP Mark Simmonds.

Five students went to the Houses of Parliament to hand the 4,558 signatures, 3,149 from pupils in the Boston area, to the Conservative MP asking the Coalition Government to reconsider cutting funding for school sport.

Partnership development manager for the Boston and District School Sports Partnership (BDSSP) Matthew Haslam said: “Mark was genuinely interested in school sport and understands the importance for all young people to have a positive experience at an early stage.”

Mr Simmonds met the young people to discuss the impact of axing the funding for the School Sports Partnerships.

The BDSSP is a joint initiative between primary, secondary and specialist state schools designed to increase sporting opportunities for children.

The meeting, in the House of Commons, was part of a wider pupil protest where hundreds of young people from all over England handed a 500,000-signature petition to 10 Downing Street.

The students also met with Olympic gold medallists Denise Lewis and Darren Campbell who gave their support.

The students gave the MP a sporting montage depicting the range of sport offered in in the Boston area.

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