3 October 2015 at 10:57am

The Premier League will expand its school sports programme to more than 16,000 primary schools across Wales and England, under new plans.

children playing football
The programme is a chance for school children to receive coaching and tips from Premier league players Credit: PA

Clubs will provide coaches to deliver PE and sport sessions, as is currently offered in more than 4,000 schools.

But this will double to 10,000 in the next three years and then open to all primaries within six years.

The Prime Minister is also understood to want the country’s elite teams – who have benefited from huge sums of TV rights money – to double their funding for local sport.

Mr Cameron, who has launched a new grassroots sport initiative, welcomed the extension of the schools programme, which involves teams from the top flight and Football League.

The Premier League and our clubs have always accepted that with success come responsibilities to the communities that sustain the game – last season more than half a million young people took part in Premier League-funded community programmes.In February all 20 of our clubs agreed to increase the amount we commit to a range of good causes, especially those involving young people.We want all young people throughout the country to enjoy sport and help make it part of their lives.

– RICHARD SCUDAMORE, PREMIER LEAGUE EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

The Government and the Premier League are also in discussions about setting up a new grassroots sport fund with investment to come from the Premier League.

Further details of the fund will be announced as part of the Government’s new strategy on sport later in the year.

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