John Greenlees

Unsafe pitches and a dead dog in the long-jump pit

It’s appalling that the children who could benefit most from sport and fitness – those in deprived areas – are prevented from doing so by a lack of proper facilities

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More than a quarter of the athletes who compete on behalf of Team GB are graduates of private schools – very few attended our poorest schools. No one should be surprised. It’s not easy to be a future Olympian when your school is located in one of the poorest parts of town.

I know this from teaching in a community school in one of our most deprived areas. Sports fields are frequently vandalised and left unsafe, with the presence all sorts of dangerous substances and implements. On one occasion, the girls in my tutor group couldn’t be persuaded to return to the field after one of them landed on ...

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