Well, it has been quite a week for sports with the UK team taking more medals than ever…
Hopefully this will have some long term effects :
1. We live in a great country, let’s celebrate it !
2. Stop selling off school sports fields, the next generation won’t get involved in sports to the same degree because they can’t. This will lead to more of a class divide in the top end of sports because it is the public schools that still have their sports fields.
3. Stop the non-competitive sports days. We need to teach children what it feels like to win and that you need to put the effort in to do so. BUT we also need to find the time to encourage personal development and get children used to competing against their own PBs and recognise the achievements that each child makes. At the end of the day there is only one Gold medal in each event, that means only one winner, it really is no different in the rest of life after all each job vacancy only has one successful applicant !
4. Encourage more people in to a wide range of sports; I really do believe that there is something for everyone, it is just finding it that can take the time…
5. Positive role models – lets get rid of the pseudo celebrities and start celebrating REAL people who have REAL achievements ! Watching some of the Olympics on tv you realise that many of our athletes also have full time jobs that they will go back to when this is over. They are real people who work hard at what they do, they are not all paid £10k plus a week, they don’t do it for the money or the celebrity status but for the true sense of achievement.
In a country with growing obesity levels we need to harness this opportunity and interest in sport to make a difference.
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