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      05.08.2012 17:59
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      Team GB Champions!

      *****250+ Word Competition Entry**** Golden girl Jessica Ennis proved that supreme athleticism can also be feline, feminine and gorgeous, but those extra muscles putting most girls off sport, preferring a cigarette or two to stay slim and sexy. Gyms offer a safe environment and Lady Ga Ga's back catalogue but they don't offer your competition to improve body and soul. Greg Rutherford proved that the good and the plain and not always the great can win Olympic gold, his long jump shock from hard work and long hours over extreme talent and luck. God cut Mo Farah some slack as that always ambiguous text in the Muslim holy book found room for water and bananas in the fasting daylight hours of Ramadan, 25% of the contestant's at a distinct disadvantage in London 2012. God works in mysterious ways. Golden girl Victoria Pendleton showed the value of cycling for kids, from two pink stabilizers to double gold, a vulnerable young woman as fragile, insecure and emotional shambolic as any other yet ruthless and in control on the bike. Giro power keeps a girls figure in tip top shape and the boys still looking, cycling sure to be the must do exercise for figure conscious girls from now on. Go and get one of Boris bikes if you live in London and reclaim your firm buttocks. Girls and boats mean tomboys, Katherine's and Henrietta's, a posh sport but great for muscle tone and a all around healthy glow, a sport to make good friends and go places, thinkers not grunters. Gymnastics, of course, can only lead to one thing, a great sex life, a bend here, a swing on the lightshade there and a tumble on the mat. Go get fit boys and girls as you, not the Iraq war and Blair, are the future of team GB!

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        19.06.2012 15:25
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        There needs to be more support from governing bodies if sports levels are to be improved

        Sport is an important part of our society whether we have an interest in it or not. Schools include sports into there curriculum subjects for a variety of reasons, but mainly for fitness/health pruposes. Obviously kids keeping fit nowdays is important as obeseity levels are rising so i feel that it needs to be compulsory but needs a different approach to it. A majority of kids at school enjoy playing different sports just for the fun element whilst having there prefered sport. However the image of sport needs to be changed for the children who do not like physical activity. Im not sure how this would be achieved but i feel by doing this it would improve the future of sport in years to come at professional levels. At the end of the day it is the new generation who will be the next stars of sport so there needs to be a starting ground and making it compulsory gives eveyone an equal chance of developing skills and maybe even persuing the sport to higher levels. There are lots of other reasons why it should be included, just a few are: Fitness Enjoyment Learning Social Skills Development

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          07.06.2012 16:25
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          Important But Lets Mix It Up A bIt.

          I believe that sport should definitely be compulsory in school because at the end of the day kids need to stay fit to keep healthy. I do think that there should be some changes to how they manage P.E in school because it should be enjoyable even to those who don't like it. For the sporty types it may seem be good to have P.E in school because they enjoy doing it but that may not always be the case. When I was in school all the sporty people hated P.E along with the people that hated sports simply for that fact that the teachers spent more time dealing with those who didn't bring there kit than actually teaching. I always thought this was kind of unfair because people that enjoyed sports didn't get the best of there P.E lessons. The way I think that this can be changed is for people P.E to have a better variety of sports that students can take part in. There are many sports or even fitness activities that are becoming available for people to get involved in and they should be brought into schools. There are fitness activities like Zumba, Dance DVDs and other fun things that people that aren't that sporty to do instead of the more physical sports that some aren't really interested in. At the same time young people will still get the exercise they need. Introducing stuff like this into schools and giving students a choice in what physical activity they want to be involved in will probably stop people from purposely skipping P.E. It will also let students that like the more physical sports to get the best of their sessions because it will only be the ones that want to do it in the lesson. In the last year when I was in school they introduced dance mats as a P.E lesson that you could choose to do. I noticed then when they started to give everyone variety there was like 1 or 2 at most people not doing P.E whereas before that it was 10-15 people not doing it. This idea does potentially have problems with probably needing to put more effort into schedules in school but it's what students need to stop those who feel like they are wasting there time get more involved. After all P.E is a big part of your school life I spent 3 hours a week doing it. Overall I think Sports should be compulsory because it help young people keep fit while in school. Especially as these days most young people spend there time on social networking sites or on the computer which is not really healthy in terms of keeping fit.

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            08.04.2010 20:08
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            You know it's good for you!

            I always really really hated P.E at school! I was pretty lazy and had awful, condescending teachers every year, making us run endless laps of the field in the middle of winter and so on. It put me, and my friends of sport for life. However, as soon as I left high school we started to play badminton in our spare time, and without teachers breathing down our neck it was fun! A few years on and I still play badminton with friends when we can, I have a mini-trampoline which I jump about on for half an hour everyday (it's great exercise and fun!) and my boyfriend is teaching me yoga. Everyone knows you need to exercise to keep healthy, and yes, if you're just starting out it does require a lot of effort, because of this, and the memories of school P.E. I don't think sport should be compulsory but heavily encouraged through cheaper gym membership or other incentives to make sport seem more like fun rather than a chore!

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              14.07.2009 20:09
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              more sports lessons for children at school, teach them how to have a healthy lifestyle

              I have never really majorly been into sports myself, and during my whole school life i have only ever had 1 lesson in sports a week. But it makes me think, maybe i had more lessons a week, i would have been more interested in it. I think that schools should have more sports lessons, because it encourages younger people to become fit and healthy. With fast food and unhealthy eating on childrens doorsteps, it is so easy for children to slip into the routine of playing video games and eating fast food. I think that as well as having sports lessons, kids should be taught how to live a healthy lifestyle as well as how to keep fit. I am at the age where i am joining my sixth form and i was amazed to find that i no longer have sports lessons. I find this shocking because i know that some people would quite happily never do sport again, and i think that something should be done about this to make sure that children are getting the right amount of exercise in a day, and i think that schools should help to achieve this.

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                23.05.2009 19:31
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                Sport should be a top priority in schools I feel. Knowledge is one thing, health is for life.

                Surely no one can deny that sport is good for you? No matter how much some people may love or hate it, its still good for you. With the countries obsesity levels rising, more and more campaigns are arising about healthy eating in schools. I'll be the first to admit that this is needed. Too many times when I was at school did I see friends have pizza and chips day in day out. Its not exactly the ideal lunch, but at the time I wouldnt of been complaining. Now looking back however, I wish it did kick in earlier! You can see exactly what it did to some people. I have first hand experience. However this isnt the only problem. I could happily eat the healthiest meals about, but it doesnt mean I'd be as healthy as I could be. Its exercise that really gets people going. I remember my P.E days at school. My school was a sports college, which had spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on its brand new facilities and equipment. Did we ever use or see them though? Hardly. Our lessons were an hour long. We'd be getting changed and hanging around for the first 10-15minutes. Then while the teaches discusses what we're going to do, thats another 5-10 minutes gone. Usually it'd be basketball, football or rounders. By the time teams are picked, everythings set up, thats another 5mins. Eventually you have just 20 minutes to actually play before you get sent back to get changed again. This is no time at all for any decent fitness, especially as there would always be atleast one or two teams sitting out while the others played. It doesnt exactly show the physical side of physical education does it? And this was at a sports college. To make it worse for some people, not everyone was a fan of these sports. There was a top cricket player and many friends who always wanted to try it. There was a great tennis player, but never did we play tennis even although we had 2 courts. I beleive these days there is such a lack in variety of sports for P.E, as well as the time used for it. Also, P.E would only be twice a week. So after setting up and getting ready, that would be about 40mins a week. Its a known thing that its best to try and do 30mins exercise a day! I think with such a lack in sports, and short time, it makes people not keen on doing the sport at all. This then creates a trend to make people unhappy whenever P.E is a subject for that day. This shouldnt be the case! Sport releases endorphins, which not only destress you, but generally make you feel a lot better. Surely if P.E was performed every day in school with the phyiscal time being 30-40mins, it would make student perform better during the school day? Sport not only helps fitness however, it also increases people skills. It teaches people to communicate with eachother, work in a team and even help co-ordination. These are all skills required in every day life. I belive sport really should be compulsory, not only twice a week, but upto 5 times a week. A little bit of exercise doesnt hurt anyone. Infact, it does quite the opposite!

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                  14.05.2009 11:46
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                  Sport should be compulsory, but we nee to change attitudes

                  Should sport be compulsory? We are never too far away from the fact that the population of Britain are becoming a more unfit and heavier nation that we have ever been before. No-one seems to accept responsibility. There is an ad campaign on TV at the moment trying to educate parents to feed their children healthier and more appropriate portions for their size and to get involved in exercise/activity. The government have been under fire for not providing healthy school meals and giving enough time in the syllabus dedicated to physical activity. It is a joint effort, we all need to make a difference in order to maintain the health of the younger genration and stop heart disease being the biggest killer and to prevent other health problems. Going back to my days at school, I can remember getting changed for PE, sludging over a muddy field and been told to run round in circles - Great fun - I think not. Now, I have also had a competitive nature (c'mon, a little bit of competition is healthy, yes?) so running round on a field, although boring, I did give my all. But for those who did not enjoy physical activity, I can just see why this reinforced the attitude that physical activity is just not good! Our younger years are very important as they allow us to try things for ourselves and come to our own decisions as to what we like and dislike, and these choices tend to make up our personality which lasts for life. It was not until we were 14 years of age that we began to get educated on the benefits of physical activity, and the consequences of not doing physical activity - and that was only to us that chose physical education as part of our GCSE syllabus. Those who detested running round a muddy field saw the option of NOT chosing PE much more appealing, and were given no explanation or education on the benefits. There you go Mr. Brown (Mr. Blair a the time), your government have missed education 95% of females on the benefts of physical activity, they will now spent the remaining 2 years of compulsory education CHOOSING not to participate in physical activity. As I have said, I enjoyed physical education at school anyway, which is why I went on to study sport and exercise science when I left. However I can't help feeling that if we were educated on the benefits of physical activity from a younger age, even primary school, that people would be more likely to grasp the opportunity, and participate with effort to gain the rewards. To prove my point, people get older, finish their education, get a career, and their lives may become more sedentary - whether this be due to a job that involve sitting all day, or the long hours make the time available to do other things more difficult. People then realise that they begin to gain weight, don't feel as good within themselves, start experiencing health problems even, and they realise that they need to become more active in order to maintain or improve their health. So....what do we do? Join a gym, start walking or cycling, go to an exercise class or just take up a more active hobby or past time. Why - because all of a sudden, you have decided that you do like physical activity after all? I don't think so. Its because people now know that leading a sedentary life and even eating the wrong things can cause health problems and obesity - and that is worse than a few hours physical acticity per week - thats why. My point is, that if children were educated at an early age on the benefits of exercise and the consequences of a sedentary life, then attitudes may change earlier. Surely prevention is better than cure? Its better for the individual, the health service and the taxpayer! The variety of sport and exercise at school should be varied. Less of the running round fields. Games are much better as they seem to have more of a point, a reason to be motivated and (in my favour) a little bit of ompetition. In the last two years where I opted to continue PE at school, we experienced a fantastic range of sports with specialised coaches also. We played netball, hockey, football, badminton, gymnastics, dodgeball, athletics - some of which I still do today. If I had not of done this at school, I don't think I would have had the confidence in my own ability to join other clubs. Again, those who did not continue with PE missed these opportunities also. The physical advantages of exercise combined reduces the chances of heart disease, obesity related disease such as diabetes and cancers related to unhealthy lifestyles. Reduced blood pressure, a more efficient cardiovascular system (bigger, stronger heart and lungs), better weight control, increased muscular endurance (fatigued less easily) are to name just a few more. Another benefit of exercise from a young age that is frequently overlooked is the benefit it has on confidence and self esteem. A lot of team games require the players to communicate and problem solve. For those children who are shy get the chance to make themselves heard, its a chance to make friends, increase your social circle and above all HAVE FUN! So I suppose you can all guess the answer to my question - YES - sport should be compulsory, but I would recommend that the theory behind the activity should be taught alongside the physical part, and it needs to be FUN! Lets try and change our attitudes at the earliest opportunity!

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                    10.03.2009 17:57
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                    Sport should be compulsory after changes are made to the way sport is delivered.

                    I believe sport should be a compulsory part of every persons education, from first starting in pre-school to leaving at sixth form. Being fit and healthy should be important to everyone; but it's a shame we live in a society that neglects the importance of sport. Just look at the rise in obese people in our society, it's sad to hear these figures are rising, and shows not enough is being done to combat obesity. I used to hate certain sports at school, however I'm glad to a certain extent I was forced to join in because it has helped me to stay a fit and healthy individual. The problem with compulsory sport is that not enough schools offer a wide variety of sports, if this was the case more students would be willing to participate. This comes down to the training of the staff and teachers and government finance for schools. It should be their duty to ensure that students have a variety to encourage them into sport. If they can find something they enjoy, the probability that they will continue this sport after their education is much greater. I must say that things are slowly changing, though I must also say that somewhere along the way they have failed to make sport compulsory beyond compulsory schooling. It used to be in my school that sixth formers had a lesson a week in sport, however that is not the case now. Why did this change? I don't know, but it should have never changed. Will it ever be compulsory? Hopefully one day but there needs to be change in the way sport is delivered before they sign the papers to make it compulsory.

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                      05.02.2009 22:20
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                      Healthy healthy healthy

                      The high profile advertisement campaign currently running on TVs and in magazines are serving as a timely reminder that for so many of us life has just got too easy. I am a teacher who has worked with children for many years and in the last two or three I have really noticed that children are getting fatter. Now, I don't necessarily think that this is always to do with lack of exercize. Most children I know do run around all of the time, they are full of energy and fun and enjoy playtimes and taking part in loads of activities...they do not stop! Where I think most of the problems lie is with the food we eat. Now am by no means skinny, I carry weight (for which I blame my mother as I have her shape!) even though I regularly exercise, I go to the gym 4 times a week and walk everywhere, but I do like processed foods. Even though I eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, sometimes I just have to have oven chips because they are quick and easy. This is where lots of people fall down I believe and it is not necessarily their fault. I read an article not long ago about KFC. They have been banned from using transfats in New York and ordered to use a healthier oils. For those not in the know, Transfats are those such as palmoline (made from ...palm!) and they are cheap, plentiful and last for ages...they also clog up our bodies with horrible stuff so not good. Anyhow, back to KFC...I was surprised to read that after this was banned they said they had no plans to replace these fats elsewhere in the world and particularly in the UK... THAT IS SHOCKING! It is the hidden fats that are causing the problems and I do believe that big business must play a part in their removal...or be forced to do so. I don't think that discussing fats has taken me away from the issue of sport. I think they are both linked together and need to be discussed together. WHat we cannot do is blame this all on the schools and at the same time increase the pressure on schools. From 2010 schools have to provide 5 hours of physical activity a week...great! But! where do Teachers find the time for everything else? I believe fundamentally that: * Competition in sport should be encouraged * That we should have more time in school for exercise * That children should be encouraged to have a healthy life * That parents should be responsible for this I went to one sports day at school a few year and there was no competition and everyone won. Life is not like that and we all need to learn to win and lose with sportsmanship. On your marks...get set......

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                        02.02.2009 22:49
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                        Yes it should be compulsory

                        When I was at school I hated physical education mostly as I was useless at it. I had an apathetic about improving instead I chose to skip round the hockey pitch with my hockey stick slung over my shoulder pretending to be one of the seven dwarfs singing "hi ho hi ho its off to work we go" . Instead of trying and losing in sports day I didn't try. I did however love swimming and my swimming lessons and this is an activity I have taken with me to adult life and now take my toddler son for swimming lessons. But even with my experience I still think that sport should be compulsory. I have heard that some school have banned sports days but I think it is a competitive world and there is nothing wrong with competition. Then there are the physical benefits of exercise. We are all told to exercise more and the number of obese children is rising dramatically. The schools are now trying to address some of the issues with diet which is pointless if they are going to then sit around in classrooms all day, then go home and sit in front of the TV or playing computer games. Government guidelines suggest that we need 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day five days a week. Physical education gives children the opportunity to try a wide range of activates that they otherwise may not get opportunity such as javelin and high jump. We have the Olympics here in 2012 and to produce great athletes we need to start training young. This is one of the times in our lives when sport of all different disciplines will be showcased in our own country. While all Children will not turn into Olympic standard athletes it may help to develop a love of sports. Evidence suggests that Children who take regular exercise as a child are much more likely to exercise as an adult so therefore reducing adult obesity. The difficulty that does need addressing is how to help the obese children firstly learn to find a way to enjoy exercise as it is more exerting and they are not able to compete on an equal level with the fit children. Exercise Keep the body and mind healthy and it is something important to be encouraged. I have no doubts that sport in schools should be compulsory

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                          02.02.2009 14:48
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                          Sport is vital

                          I fail to see quite how this subject is even up for discussion, because for me, sport should be one of the most important aspects in every child's life. The arguments against it fail to stand up against the benefits, particuarly the long term ones, and there is no doubt in my mind that sport should be compulsory. In a country where obesity levels are rocketing, there is one very obvious cause - lack of exercise. Diet may play a part, but as long as it is reasonably good, the main factor will always be how active the child is. Just a decade or two ago, children went out to play after coming home from school. Nowadays, many just slump in front of the TV or computer. Some parents may argue that, with crime and violence on the steets at a high, they don't feel safe allowing their children outside, which is perfectly acceptable - I wouldn't wish the feeling of worry and anxiety on any parent. But if children can't, or won't, go outside to play, then taking part in sport at school is even more important. The most obvious benefit of physical activity will always be the improved state of health it affords, and again, in a time of junk and convenience food, this places an increased importance on sport. It is far from the only reason to take part, though, and in the long term, probably not even the best, particuarly in younger children. Sport teaches so many invaluable skills that no TV or computer can ever replace. It gives a strong, dedicated work ethic; it teaches you how to work effectively in a team; and how to communicate, and get on with, others. It makes people more competitive. It gives you discipline. Children who take part in sport, especially from an early age, emerge from it a better rounded person. These essential skills and qualities are perhaps the greatest reason to get involved with sport. So, while there are many beneficial aspects to sport, both physically and mentally, some people simply do not like it. This is the main argument against making sport compulsory in schools, but it just doesn't make sense. A lot of children dislike Maths, but does that mean it shouldn't be compulsory? Children don't like vegetables, but would you allow them not to eat them? There are sometimes more important things than doing what you want. People may not enjoy sport, but children need to take part in it, especially with the country in it's current state. Compulsory sport will cure the increasing obesity; it may even contribute to reducing levels of street crime and gang culture, because of the character traits it develops. Sport not only makes you happier physically, but a better person mentally, and children need to have it in their lives.

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                            01.02.2009 23:49
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                            We need more alternatives to sports

                            I was never in a sports team at school and did not enjoy PE lessons. The only PE lessons that I liked were the very few and far between ones in which we played basketball. I hated netball and hockey but unfortunately these were the only sports on offer for girls during most PE lessons while I was at school. I remember enjoying athletics and gymnastics. I think that rather than focusing on the traditional sports that most schools seem to teach, fitness classes or dance lessons would be more welcome. There should definitely be some kind of physical activity as part of the curriculum but there should be more options for kids to choose from. I also think that physical education should extend beyond just playing the same old sports to include teaching about how the body works and nutrition. If more children really understood the impact of diet on exercise on their health I think they would be more likely to have a balanced view towards these things growing up. Not everyone is good at sport but this doesn't mean that they can't be fit and healthy and involved in some other sort of activity.

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                              01.02.2009 21:42
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                              Sport is essential for a healthy lifestyle

                              I'm not really sure whether sports should be compulsory in schools.. we've all been "ill" on the physical education lessons. When I was in school I very much disliked sport. I used to fret so much about it. This was manily down to the teacher that I had at the time. I truely believed that I would be ridiculed because I was not as good as the other children when it came to this subject. I am not overweight, but I am not as fit as I should be. Before the lesson I would become so anxious of the lesson it was ridiculous, no child should feel like that when attending school. On the plus side however, there were lessons that I really enjoyed. The sports in my school was varied which made it enjoyable. Including Javelin, shot put, Trampolining, Badminton, Gymnastics, Baseball , Tennis & that's just to name a few. I feel that this allowed me to bond with the other girls in my year. (boys and girls were seperated). I feel that even though though at the time I did not always enjoy it, there were many health benefits in me joining in on it. After all one hour a week of exercise is not adequate anyway. I personally believe that this subject should be compulosry especially as the rates of childhood obesity are raising alarmingly. I do however, feel that the teachers need to be a little more sensitive in realising that not every child likes sport.

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                                15.10.2008 13:55
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                                for those kids who don't want to do it they can always try to break an ankle.

                                I can safely say that compulsory sports lessons in school have put me off sport for life and have left me with some lasting issues such as poor self confidence. For unpopular children, either in primary or secondary school, P.E. can be particularly humiliating. I'm a good example of this. There were 2 nerdy girls in our PE class, me and another 1. Every lesson we would be picked last for teams in netball, hockey etc. Sometimes the teacher would make us team captains so that we weren't picked last, but this made us stand out even more and everyone in the class would groan as they were picked. it was awful. I found games like netball and rounders a great place for bullies - especially if you were forced to stand next to one for an hour. It's almost encouraged to shout abuse during sports, all part of the game. I hated EVERYTHING about PE lessons, from having to change in the communal changing room to having to make sure i had a 'cool' PE kit. I had massive boobs as a teenager compared to everyone else and this always made me feel very self conscious in my kit too. I'm not against sport in schools. I'm not sure im even against it being compulsory. But i do believe it should be done very differently, with everyone in mind. In many ways, looking back, i think PE at our school was a way of encouraging the kids who weren't good at anything else. Unfortunatly it did nothing to encourage the kids who WERE good at other subjects and got bullied for it. Infact it provided the perfect setting for those bullies to have a go. In our school there was very little diversity either - i think we did rounders, then netball, for 6 years in a row. I would probably have loved to try dance or tennis - something i could do on my own or with a friend, and not have to worry about what everyone else thought of me. Personally, i found the experience SO unenjoyable that i would have welcomed a broken leg if it meant i got a few months off PE. Sports is supposed to build teamwork but i found it had exactly the opposite effect - because i was always the weakest in the group i would be shy and withdrawn and this has carried somewhat into adulthood. There are many, many children like this and for the sake of them i think something should be reviewed regarding sports lessons. Who knows, if i hadn't had those awful PE lessons maybe i wouldnt be a compulsive eater now!

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                                  14.10.2008 11:58
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                                  Sack it off mate.

                                  I'm glad I can review this as it's something I feel EXTREMELY strongly about. I will firstly and mainly list the reasons why I am against sport in schools. 1. This being the main and most important point. Education is compulsary however , every child has the right to sit there and NOT do their work as it will just mean they fail which is their fault and hey, sucks for them. However, every child is PHYSCIALLY forced to do sports and I see this as wrong, the school do not own the bodies of the children they teach and therefore I actually would go as far as calling it abusive to force them to physically do something they may not want to do. 2. It reinforces the differences between children and that some are weaker than others and that also some are fatter than others...it's not a level playing field (pun haha) because the children are not equally helped, they are forced to do the same things that fitter and slimmer kids can do better. And lets take another example...in a maths classes children are separated and helped individually depending on their ability, again they are not forced. 3. It encourages bullying and yes, it actually does as is my experience. I found that after a certain age when girls and boys are separated it then becomes a lot more bitchy in terms of the girls side of things, lots of teasing and being wahcked in the face with netballs every week...it's not fun. 4. It relieves the parents of any responsibilities they should have in terms of giving their children a varied and active upbringing, it makes me think a lot of parents just sit back and think the kids are getting fit at school so they don't have to do anything for them out of school, maybe if things changed and parents were taught to take on this responsibility then Britain would have lots more fit and healthy families (yes so maybe thats a bit too ambitous but hey) 5. Children could be filling this 1-2 hour gap in the week with another subject which may benefit them more in the future...or even as a study period to get extra help with other subjects or homework. I found sport at school to be humiliating, I think it is unecessary and takes up time in school that could be used for so much more. Childrens bodies are their own and they should take that responsibilty and do with it as they wish, we should stop forcing them as high school is a time to grow as a person and start to tackle lifes hurdles (alone).

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                                  Is sport a good character building process? Or is it the last remnant of the empire, forcing all, irrespective of desire, to run, kick, pant?