Kids want competition removed from school sports says survey


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Survey Suggests School Children Prefer Sports With No Winners or Losers

A recent survey suggests that school children would prefer school sports if the competition was removed. In the poll by Marylebone Cricket Club and Chance to Shine charity, two-thirds of 8-16 years old said that they would be “relived, not bothered or happier” if winning or losing was not a factor in school sports.

1,000 children and 1,000 parents took part in the survey, with 22% of parents saying that they would be less interested in watching their child in school sports if it was not competitive. The overwhelming majority of children (84%) said that they believed experiencing a win or loss was important, but would rather play a sport for fun so that there was less at stake.

When the children in the survey were asked how they would feel if the competition was removed from sport, 30.3% said “as long as I get to play I’m fine with it”, 20% said “it wouldn’t bother me” and, 10% said “it would make me less anxious”. The Chief Executive at Chance to Shine, Wasim Khan said “It is worrying to see that so many children would be relieved to see competition removed from sport.”

These figures are of great concern to Chance to Shine who actively encourage state schools to include cricket in the curriculum. Khan said, “We want to teach children the importance of playing sport competitively and fairly and for them to see the benefits that it can bring to their lives.”

The survey also suggested that ‘pushy parents’ had a role to play, with approximately 86% of the children and 97% of parents surveyed saying that they felt parents were more concerned about winning than the children. After the 2012 London Olympics, the Government pledged to award primary schools in England with £150m a year in sports funding in an attempt to restore PE and capitalise on the Olympic Legacy. As part of this, Chance to Shine is launching a campaign to emphasise the importance of competitive sport in schools.