One of the problems with school sports and PE is that it does lasting psychological damage to some people in their relationship to sports and fitness.
This is especially true of girls. Negative memories of PE classes and of not being picked for team games leaves people feeling intimidated about all aspects of fitness including going to a gym.
Part of the reason is the competitiveness surrounding sports and games and the sense of being a “failure” if you lack ball skills or hand-eye coordination.
But everyone can find a form of exercise that they enjoy. Schools should be teaching pupils about how to keep fit and to find a way to enjoy exercise. These are lifelong skills and attitudes that we all need for a happy fulfilling life.Back to all blog posts