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Clubs pay up to £45 an hour to use school halls

SCOTLAND'S youth workers have attacked schools built under the PFI scheme for restricting the ability of children to play sports by charging exorbitant rates to open buildings after hours.

YouthLink Scotland, the national youth work agency, said in some parts of Scotland, clubs pay up to £45 per hour to hire a school hall. Chief executive Jim Sweeney said schools built using the private finance initiative (PFI) or public-private partnerships, where buildings are owned by commercial firms, were making sport for children unaffordable.

Douglas Chapman, education spokesman at the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, said councils were working to open school facilities for community use.

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