Tory sports minister attacks Cameron's stance

Hugh Robertson warns against framing debate as "competitive sport versus participation".

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Joining the debate over school sports policy, Tory sports minister Hugh Robertson said:

To see the school sport debate simply as a question of competitive sport versus participation is an over-simplification … I have been tearing my hair out for the last three or four days because the terms in which this debate has been conducted have not been helpful to finding a solution.

Last week, David Cameron said:

I want to use the example of competitive sport at the Olympics to lead a revival of competitive sport in primary schools. We need to end the 'all must have prizes' culture and get children playing and enjoying competitive sports from a young age, linking them up with sports clubs so they can pursue their dreams.

As Labour List puts it, who could Robertson possibly be talking about?

David Cameron with Sebastian Coe in the garden of 10 Downing Street. Photograph: Getty Images.

George Eaton is senior online editor of the New Statesman.

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