Benefits of a weekly day of sport

19th January 2007 at 00:00
Tennis players like Andrew Murray or Elena Baltacha, above, recognise that they wouldn't be where they are without family support.

Education was kept in focus and the time spent on the tennis court in their formative years was meaningful and enjoyable.

I know from my experience in coaching that school tournaments and community tennis programmes are an excellent way to identify potential but, for many of the children, with limited support from home and not enough continuity, their talent is not fulfilled. This is not good for the health and development of our children.

The school curriculum could set aside one day each week for sport and activity for everyone. The aspirations and goals would simply be to stay in shape, but with a competitive element for those who desire it.

I firmly believe that active interaction in sport is important to academia and education. Involvement brings rewards in health and social tolerance as well as self-esteem, camaraderie and leadership.

The primary school experience is of the utmost importance and the fun aspect of this kind of programme would pay off in so many ways for learning as well as health and activity.

The day of sport and activity would be a structured part of the curriculum and include writing projects relating to the programme.

The inter-school possibilities in team tournaments would be enhanced by this curriculum and consequently the children would identify with their respective schools and socially benefit from this.

This programme would be totally inclusive, meaning that children who thought they did not like sport, or were not good at sport, would have to be involved creatively and in a format that interests them and gives some sense of success.

I have no doubt that one day every week of sports in school would be nourishing and valuable to everyone.

Frank Wilson Prince Albert Road,


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