Below is the text of Mr Major’s comments on sport, made in an interview on Tuesday 19th December 1995.
[Mr Major was asked if how his Raising the Game strategy was progressing].
It is moving forward, it is moving on quite a number of fronts. The core of it of course, the root of it, is to steadily increase the amount of sport that is available to young people both in school and of course at club level. And one of the ways of achieving that is increasing the relationship between clubs and between schools. It is part of a carefully integrated network. Raise the amount of sport in schools, raise the amount of sport in clubs, have a better inter-
One of the unsung areas of the lottery so far has been the enormous number of rugby clubs, football clubs, athletic clubs, cricket clubs, who have had relatively small awards but awards that meant a proper pitch or proper facilities of some sort to enable them to continue their interest in whichever game they happen to follow and the growth of it.
[Mr Major was asked how his aim of 2 hours a week physical education for each child was progressing].
It is on the way to happening and it is going to happen, we are determined that it will happen. I think it is as important a part of a child’s upbringing to have proper leisure and sporting activities and choice as it is to teach them maths and English. And I think over the last 20-
[Mr Major was asked why the emphasis on team games].
I think that team games are an integral part of British history. Some sports are essentially a sport for individual performance -