Oddly enough - Wii boon to Scots fitness

16th January 2009 at 00:00

As the shiver-inducing cold snap last week froze sports pitches up and down the land, exactly how were PE teachers supposed to get the nation's children fit?

According to Renfrewshire Council in Scotland, the answer was simple. The only things schools need are television sets and some state-of-the-art games consoles.

To the surprise of some parents, the local authority agreed to spend Pounds 9,000 on equipping schools with dozens of Nintendo Wii machines.

According to the Paisley Daily Express, virtual tennis coaching has already begun at Thorn Primary in Johnstone, and many more pupils can now look forward to improving their serves without having to step outside and hit a real ball.

According to Hazel McMillan, Thorn Primary's headteacher, girls who previously shunned exercise are being turned on to sport by the scheme, which is being run separately alongside more traditional PE lessons.

But one parent - with an apparent eye for a pun - told the local newspaper that the idea was a "wee bit crazy".

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