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Everyone’s A Winner

by | 1st, July 2004

‘THE problem about sport is that there has to be a winner (the Aussie) and a loser (the Brit).

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But, with ‘Tiger’ Tim Henman bowing out of Wimbledon yesterday, it appears we have at last found a way to bring up our children not to be losers.

We have abolished school sports day and replaced it with a non-competitive ‘fun day’ – a day in which everyone’s a winner (except they’re not because that would imply that someone lost).

The Mail reports that 50% of schools have not scheduled a school sports day this year – and the trend is very much away from competitive sport.

As you would expect, Sport England (the body set up to promote sport in this country) have got a few words to say about this.

But wait for it – it appears that they think it’s a jolly good idea. In fact, they are the body that is encouraging schools to go down this route.

The paper says schools are urged to adopt a ‘zoned’ approach with teams of pupils moving around a range of activities, which could even include corporate-style problem-solving exercises.

As so often, where Britain leads the rest of the world will follow – and it is only a matter of time before Building A Tyroleon Rope Bridge becomes an Olympic sport.

Of course, in the spirit of the event, all countries who enter will receive a gold medal, which could make for something of a crowded podium during the playing of the 197 national anthems.

But we’re sure that’s not anything our corporate-style problem solvers can’t sort out between them…’

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