There has been talk from the Prime Minister recently about re-introducing competitive sport into schools, and I completely echo these thoughts. I believe a move away from the ‘prizes for all’ culture that has been created over previous years would be a positive step towards improvement in school sport.
A society that discourages winners is not the breading ground for competitive champions, nor is this preparation for the reality of life – where we all face many challenges.
The Olympics highlighted how competitive sport teaches you all that is important in life: the discipline, the teamwork and the focus that is required to be successful; all children can take something from this.
Less academic pupils in schools should be given a platform to showcase their own ability, and if this means they’re the ‘winner’ of a 60 metre race, allow them to celebrate this, give them a pat on the back or even a medal as a badge of achievement. Those children who can, should be given the chance to do, and we should all embrace this.
I challenge all schools to bring back competitive sport— don’t wait for government policy; go and make contact with your local school to arrange a Football or Netball match, and let’s celebrate competitive sport!