One teacher however told me non-competitive sports was all about bolstering a child’s self esteem and not making them feel bad for losing/failing at physical activities. It’s a weak argument because it’s not a message that’s taken over in academic lessons. And it’s one that kids just aren’t fooled by it.
When I asked some seven year olds at the school Sports Day who was winning in a football game and one boy said, ‘No-one if you ask the teacher, but it’s 3-1 to us’!
No wonder that both UK Sport and Olympics bosses privately admit that more than a third of athletes in Team GB for 2012 are likely to be private school-educated (bearing in mind just 7% of the general population go to private school).
The difference with sport in private schools is (aside from the time spent on sport, and the levels of coaching) is that competition is actively encouraged from the word go. Meaning everyone is pushed to win or at least do their very best whether they are sporty or not?
Is that really such a bad thing? What do you think?