According to a recent article in the Daily Mail, two out of three schools are rewarding all pupils with medals or trophies on sports days this year. Teachers want to be ‘inclusive’ and give trophies to all participants, as opposed to just the winners. This news comes as the Government has pledged to reintroduce competitive sport into the country’s primary and secondary schools.
According to the article ministers are also launching a new ‘School Olympics’ program to end this widespread culture of ‘prizes for all’. The championships are intended to give every child an experience of hard fought competition and prevent schools from refusing to pit youngsters against each other. However, as it currently stands nine per cent of all schools refuse to single out any winners at all. Extrapolated across the country, this would equate to more than 2,000 schools.
The survey that the Mail refers to also found that two per cent of schools miss out on competitive games as they have no sports days. This figure equates to almost 500 nationally.
The new school sports championships are designed to reverse the decline in competitive sport brought on by ‘so called’ politically correct activities with no winners or losers. The first championship will take place in the run-up to the 2012 London Olympics. They will involve a wide range of sports including rugby, netball, tennis, athletics, judo, golf, football, cricket, gymnastics, swimming, table tennis and volleyball. Schools will compete against each other in district leagues from 2011 with winning athletes and teams qualifying for as many as 60 finals. The most talented will then be selected for national finals. To celebrate success at your school see the schools trophy range at Premier Trophies.
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