Hate football? How about a nice round of golf?

23rd July 2004 at 01:00
Encouraging pupils who find PE lessons a turn-off to take up after-school sports such as rock climbing and golf is the latest tactic to get children active in one Cambridgeshire community.

Six secondaries in Peterborough are to receive pound;94,000 from the Big Lottery Fund, the largest distributor of National Lottery funding, in September.

Pupil committees will organise after-school sports activities that they choose.

Wendy Gooding, a PE teacher at Stanground sports college, said: "Why should we be choosing what sports the pupils do? This puts them in the driving seat. From speaking to the boys it looks like they will be doing canoeing, rowing, indoor climbing and golf.

"There is a problem with obesity here, and team sports can be daunting if pupils are unfit. Playing golf is more achievable."

The scheme is part of the Peterborough Schools Sports Co-ordinator Partnership, one of 252 existing or new UK schools sports co-ordinator partnerships which will get lottery funds from September.

The School Sports Co-ordinators scheme was launched in 2000 to help schools to ensure that their pupils spend at least two hours each week on high-quality PE and school sport by creating partnerships between secondary and primary schools.

The Office for Standards in Education's evaluation of the scheme published earlier this month, found it was helping improve access to sport both within and after school, with primaries benefiting the most.

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