It's not just cricket

21st July 2000 at 01:00
UNFORTUNATELY Jon Slater "Results create unhealthy obsession" (TES, July 7) has, like most people from former prime minister John Major downwards, failed to make up his mind whether he is worried about schools' failure to produce young sportsmen and women or young people's lack of physical fitness.

You need, for example, to be fit to play cricket, but you do not get fit by plying cricket: a school cricket field can be used for only a few hours a week, and even when it is in use, at any one time less than a quarter of the children are taking part in any activity which exercises their cardio-vascular systems. Children get fit in sports halls and swimming pools, not on cricket fields.

Barry Gray

24 Balmoral Road

Gillingham, Kent


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