By the Numbers - Sport post-Olympics

30th November 2012 at 00:00

Schools have not harnessed the nation's Olympic spirit to offer more sporting opportunities to pupils, according to a poll of parents.

The survey of more than 1,000 parents, commissioned by the Chance to Shine campaign for school cricket, found that children had wanted to play more sports after the London 2012 Games, but eight in 10 parents said the amount of PE and games on offer had stayed the same as it was before the Olympics or declined.

In more than half of cases children are finding some way to play more sport anyway: 27 per cent of the parents polled said their children now do more sport outside school and 24 per cent said that they do more in school.

But the amount of sport played at school declines as children get older, with 14 per cent of 16-year-olds not taking part in PE. And nearly two in 10 parents reported that their child spends more than 14 hours a week in front of screens, either watching television or using the computer.

"Parents are saying that many of their children were inspired by the Games to play more or to try a new sport. We owe it to those children to ensure we have the right infrastructure to make it a reality," said Wasim Khan, chief executive of Chance to Shine.

Which of the following sports does your child play at school?

Football 61%

Athletics 50%

Swimming 40%

Gymnastics 38%

Rounders 29%

Dance 34%

Tennis 22%

Fitness 25%

Cricket 20%

Netball 22%

What are the biggest challenges facing schools in offering more sport? TOP FIVE ANSWERS (Parents were able to choose three options):

1. Pressure to fit PE in with the rest of the curriculum 42%

2. Lack of facilities 32%

3. Lack of funding for school sport 29%

4. Lack of specialist teachers 23%

5. Lack of spaceplaying fields 18%.

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