Sports should set a high standard for the young

From: Jennifer Naylor, Springfield Road, Hastings

Friday, 22nd January 2021, 7:55 am
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As a retired physical education teacher, I implore the government to reinstate grass root physical activities and sport for youngsters.

The mental aspects and happiness gained from taking part in exercise are immense and so important to the future wellbeing of our children.

The first years of childhood are what shapes you. Healthy habits are formed, once lost, never gained again. Sport is an escape and can be looked at as important as English and Maths in the curriculum.

I take great umbrage at the message our sports men and women are giving our children.

They are highly privileged at being able to participate in their chosen activities in this current lockdown.

Seeing them abuse this in terms of social distancing and wild celebrations is a kick in the teeth for our children who have been denied the right to be active.

Future programmes should include enabling every child including those who play/do not play team sports to value, understand and practice the principles of exercise.

An active lifestyle is in the governments hands. Woe the repercussions if grassroots sort and activities are not reinstated!

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