School sport 'keeps kids off the streets', say pupils

Dein, Emily and Omar Dein, Emily and Omar all enjoy school sport

School Reporters from Bartley Green School in Birmingham have given their verdict on sport in school after Ofsted questioned the standard of PE classes in England.

IS SPORT IMPORTANT AND WHY?

Emily: I think sport is really important because it keeps kids off the streets. Around where I live there are quite a lot of people on the streets and they are doing stuff that they shouldn't be doing but sport at school keeps people occupied and gives them a chance to do something better.

Dein: It's very important because it can give you a name for yourself. If you can say at school you are good at something, everyone will recognise you as good at it. They will admire you and ask you questions like, 'since you are good at this, can you help me how to be good at this?' It boosts your confidence as well.

Omar: Sport's important because it allows people to make more friends and socialise. You are going to have people from different circles and people who are interested in different things - it widens their friendship circle and helps their social life.

HOW CAN SPORT BE ENCOURAGED IN SCHOOLS?

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Emily: I think it should be encouraged during PE lessons and that encouragement should be different for different people. So for girls they should be encouraged to do more masculine sports like football as the media really just portrays men's football.

And for the boys as well, they don't really get encouraged to do things like dance, which are more 'girlie' sports as some people see them.

Dein: They should get more professional people in schools because if there are not professional people then we can't get better ourselves. Also it would be good to have more facilities where you can do more sports and mentoring that can help us as well.

Omar: By putting on more after-school activities because I think at the moment there are not enough. With more it will help and appeal to those people who haven't found the right sport.

WHY DO PRIVATE SCHOOLS SEEM TO PRODUCE MORE SPORTS PEOPLE THAN COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOLS?

Emily: Maybe it's to do with the money and maybe they have better sports facilities and because they have got more money they've probably have different people coming in to do a wider range of sports.

Dein: Because there's more money involved they can get better staff to help. There's more role models and more people that know what they are doing so that they can help and mentor them

Omar: That's to do with money. Because they have better funding and more money they are able to take part in more sports like sailing, canoeing those kinds of sports and get in more professional sports people to teach those.

HOW HAS SPORT AT YOUR SCHOOL CHANGED SINCE LONDON 2012?

Emily: It has changed, with badminton especially. More people are trying it and coming to after-school sessions. We've had better equipment, I know rackets cost quite a lot. We've got 50 new rackets and they're really, really good. So obviously the equipment's got better and we've got more people in to do different sports with different people.

Olympic rings The Olympic Games in 2012 were designed to "inspire a generation"

Dein: Quite a bit. There's been a lot more games for example. When I was in Year 10 there wasn't a lot of games but since the Olympics there has been a lot of people wanting to do basketball.

Omar: Definitely. I think that there are more games and especially the equipment. Since the Olympics we have had more basketballs in and I find that more people who didn't used to play basketball are now playing it. More people are interested in basketball and they want to learn and grow in the sport.

WHAT SPORTS DO YOU DO?

Emily: At the moment I do netball and badminton and whatever's in PE I don't mind doing at all.

Dein: Basketball and sometimes badminton

Omar: Basketball

WHAT SPORTS DO YOU DO OUTSIDE SCHOOL?

Emily: I do netball outside school and I do badminton because the school offers a free session on the weekends so I go to that as well.

I pay for the netball because it isn't a popular sport. We have to pay for courts and everything is quite expensive. We do get sponsors so it does help out. Maybe the cost puts some people off and I know some people who have dropped out because they can't keep up with the costs.

Dein: No, I haven't got time

Omar: Basketball. I play for a team in a league.

VIEW FROM AN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

We asked Newcastle School for Boys for their views - here are one School Reporter's answers:

Is sport important? If yes, why? If not, why? Yes, sport is important, because you can learn things from sport as well as enjoying it as a pastime.

How can sport be encouraged in schools? Sport can be encouraged in schools by having more time for sport, offering a greater variety of sport, encouraging inter-house competitions.

Why do private schools seem to produce more sportsmen and women? I think private schools produce more sports men and women because they have more facilities and smaller numbers so it's easier for students to have one-on-one instruction and encouragement in PE. We have more time dedicated to games than when I was in a state school.

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