Around 25% of Colleges do not see sport as a key priority, even though there is evidence to suggest participation in sport helps with learner engagement, retention, attainment and the profile of the college.

Should there be a budget in place for all colleges, so that they are able to offer a variety of sport for all learners to participate in.......?

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Comment by Keeley Knowles on January 3, 2013 at 5:33am

Hello Sam,

Yes. I think all colleges should budget for sporting activities for all learners of all abilities to participate in if they choose.  I believe offering sporting activities would be beneficial for many reasons, not least by encouraging cooperation, communication and teamwork and forging new, diverse friendships; sports are also fun and challenging yet stress-relieving.

Comment by Theresa Young on January 3, 2013 at 7:32am
Hi Sam,

I think promoting a healthy lifestyle though sport is very important. As Aimee and Keeley have said, sport can help to build self-esteem, promote inclusion and friendship and also be great fun! Even with a small budget, the benefits of outdoor pursuits such as walking and running could be realised. In my opinion, promoting a healthy lifestyle should be seen as an investment in the future well being of our students.

Comment by Samuel Kidby on January 4, 2013 at 4:52am
Thank you for all your input, good to know people are aware to the great benefits of sports it's a real passion of mine especially ensuring everybody get the chance to partake in the benefits of sports if they choose to. does anyone know have know how the budget is prioritised in relation to recreational activity opportunities? As I am looking to apply for funding to start up some more sports clubs at the college I am currently working at?
Comment by Ellie Nelson on January 7, 2013 at 4:59am
Hi Sam,
I think that sport is incremental to schools and colleges. Students need to be active and there should certainly be more emphasis placed on learners engagement being enhanced through physical activity. There is also lots of room for this to be incorporated within other less active subjects. For example, within an acting capacity the class are always asked to warm-up physically, as it has been proven to improve their energy levels, willingness to learn and engagement.
Comment by Christopher Heath on January 12, 2013 at 8:03am

Really interesting topic Samuel and extremely thought provoking. Based on the national curriculum guidlines students from all schools are to incorporate just 2 hours of high quality sport into their students timetables. However government guidlines state that everyone should be getting 3.5 hours of exercise per week. Therefore I believe funding and timetables should refelct this. Maybe sport should be considered as important as the 3 R's?

Comment by Samuel Kidby on January 16, 2013 at 9:42am
Hey chris, a truly inspiring idea that I would back all the way! If only to be seen as a health prevention method, maybe with the use of nutrition incorporated more to please all the anti PE.... So by offering this with a wide range of sport surely making it inclusive. Is this then becoming more of a timing issue than funding?
Comment by Theresa Young on January 16, 2013 at 4:00pm
Hi Sam,

You make a really interesting point regarding nutrition. Health problems relating to being overweight such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes are on the increase in the UK and are a major financial cost to our NHS service. I firmly believe that educating both children and adults to have a healthy lifestyle which includes eating a well balanced diet and exercising regularly would be a huge benefit to our nation as a whole.

Comment by Samuel Kidby on January 17, 2013 at 9:26am

Hi Theresa

Yes I agree, not only that if we can encourage a healthier diet with regular exercise this will surely increase the need for sporting programs, as a result of this giving more opportunity for people to play sports, thus surely making sport as a whole more inclusive?

Comment by Theresa Young on January 17, 2013 at 9:53am
Hi Sam,

That makes perfect sense to me!

Vive la revolution!

Comment by Christopher Heath on January 17, 2013 at 1:55pm
Yes it is possible that it is due to timing and finance that sport is considered as important. An idea would be to incorporate physical activity into other lesson areas, in a similar way to functional skills.


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