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It’s all about bruises and bonding in the sports hall

Extracurricular sports activities can be full-blooded as students let off steam – but, from a teacher’s perspective, they offer a great opportunity to get to know the learners better. writes Tom Starkey

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There have been countless noble moments in sporting history. Moments when physical skill and endeavour have captured the hearts and minds of competitors and spectators alike, lifting them to a transcendent plane far above the mundane and the everyday, where beauty is found in movement and purpose. Where we witness true poetry in motion.

Then there’s me and my lot in our Friday afternoon activity slot at the leisure centre. Where we witness gibberish in neutral. Where there are actual attempts to capture people’s hearts, by trying to claw through the opponent’s rib cage (and that’s just when it ...

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