Following two recent reports that were televised on Sky Sports and ITV—which debated: School Sport and the Olympic Legacy.
I thought I would share my two pennies worth. For what that’s worth!
A root to branch approach when looking at School Sport is the answer, “Yes” there needs to be continued funding available for elite athletes and NGB’s… But the starting point for any kind of organic legacy has to be in our Primary Schools: more government funding is required, teachers need more than 6 hours initial PE training and more specialist coaches available to work in Primary Schools.
As a really great coach will succeed in providing aspiration and inspiration to children. There is often complaints of lack of resources and space in many Primary Schools— but a great coach will overcome these obstacles to be the real game changer.
In my opinion; “There needs to be a specialist PE teacher in every Primary School.”
And without coming across too partisan, private companies like; Progressive Sports, can be the answer to giving children a positive first experience of PE. We can often sometimes be over looked in the whole debate, due to our staff not having qualified teacher status—but the reality is many coaches have all the skills, and more, required to provide excellent teaching, coupled with a real passion for their craft.
Lets stand up and work together with a clear outcome of improving School Sport, without opportunities for our children to experience high quality PE, the results of any kind of implementation will be patchy. There will be debate from Government, the Youth Sports Trusts, Sport England, NGB’s and School Sports Partnerships alike on how this can be achieved.
However, Headteachers and those of us that can make an impact today in our Primary Schools, need to take action, and to provide even the most rudimentary amount of opportunities for children to experience sport has to be the least we can do.
Without our children being able to have opportunities. How do we hope to unearth the next Olympic Champion?