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news & jobs at £10m scheme to 'revive' school sport

New project designed to encourage competition between young people in England By Pete Hayman

A new Olympic and Paralympic- style competition for young people in England has been launched by the government as part of efforts to 'revive' competitive sports in schools. Sport England will distribute

up to £10m of Lottery funding to help create a sports league structure for primary and secondary schools, leading to a national final held in the run up to the 2012 London Games. The competition, which has

been unveiled by education secretary Michael Gove and culture secretary Jeremy Hunt, forms part of efforts to create a lasting sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympics. Schools will compete against

each other in local league struc- tures starting in 2011, with

Kids will compete in a number of Olympic and Paralympic sports

successful athletes and teams qualifying for up to 60 county finals. The most talented performers would then be selected for national finals. The plans will also encourage

schools to organise in-house Olympic-style events to ensure children of all abilities have the chance to compete, with

Paralympic elements to cater for disabled young people. Hunt said: "I want to give a

real boost to competitive sport in schools using the power of hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games to encour- age young people – whatever age or ability – to take part in this new competition."

Funding boost for UK postal museum proposals By Pete Hayman

The British Postal Museum and Archive (BPMA) has been handed a boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards a scheme to establish a new £19m home in Swindon. BPMA has moved closer to

securing a grant worth more than £2.6m to help in its bid to provide public access to the former National Postage Museum's collection, which has been in storage since 1998. Development funding worth

nearly £118,000 has been awarded towards the new Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios- designed Postal Museum and Archive at a former railway works in the heart of Swindon Among the items included in

the BPMA's collection are red pillar boxes and postal vehicles,

The postal museum is to be housed in a former railway works

as well as examples of every British stamp issued since the Penny Black in 1840. The new centre will be sited

alongside English Heritage, the National Trust and STEAM – the Museum of the Great Western Railway at the Swindon location, and also aims to provide an educational programme for young people.

Read Leisure Opportunities online BPMA director Adrian Steel

said: "HLF money will allow us to embark on the next stage of this exciting project to bring this human story of communi- cation, industry and innovation. "The Chain Testing Works in

Swindon is an ideal home for our collections and offers an opportunity to restore and reopen this landmark building."

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