Now it's over what happens next.
One thing that is evident is politicians want participation in sport to increase at all levels.
I live in the West Midlands. I remember the running boom of the 80's and early 90's. In my area there were lots of events. In the summer moths most weekends there would be a choice of 10k's. There were many 1/2 marathons. I remember doing the Black Country 1/2 one Sunday, the Handsworth 1/2 the next. I could have entered the Sandwell 1/2 two weeks later. Most leisure centres organised a 10k a year.
This came to an end.These were the reasons I am aware of. The police were stopped from having a presence at the events. It became more difficult to close roads and funding was stopped. The situation is different now. There are still races put on by clubs. They don't aim to attract the novice runners that Fox Hollies 10K would have. The big city 1/2 marathons, such as the Birmingham 1/2, are very expensive to enter.It is not all bad news. On Saturdays we have Park Runs. Let's hope these continue to grow and attract lots of new novice runners.
Every politician I have seen interviewed says they want to fund sport at all levels. It's very easy to say after such a successful Olympics. Lets see what happens though when they decide money needs to be saved.A few months ago they were talking about privatising forests. It could have made 100 of miles of running and cycling trails less accessible.
I think there is a lot of opportunity for schools to use track and field better. In the US, even young kids are doing mile runs several times a week as part of the school sport programme. Here, all the blab about competitive sport being bad and making non-sporty kids feel inadequate is unhelpful. The great thing about running is that you can ignore other people, providing that you are competiting with yourself to improve your fitness and times. Rather than measuring fitness against other students, it would be better if a programme could be put together to encourage students to improve their skills and fitness compared to their own ability when starting the programme, so that they can see their improvements and track their progress. This could be in endurance, speed, ball skills, flexability, understanding of the rules etc... This is what PE teachers should be looking at anyway, so why aren't the pupils encouraged to view PE like this?
Going back to when I was at primary school which was in the late 1960's one of the activities we did was learn to swim. After we attained a certain standard we then went on to take personnel survival tests. It invoved jumping into the water with cloths on, geting undressed in the pool, making floats out of clothes etc. We did have an annual swimming gala.
I wander what Cameron would think of it. I'm sure he would replace the personnel survival training with races every week.
Jess Ennis and a couple of the boxer's who won gold from both sex's train there and and there has been a long term advantage to the likes of ponds forge and don valley stadium.
simon Richards wrote (see)
Going back to when I was at primary school which was in the late 1960's one of the activities we did was learn to swim. After we attained a certain standard we then went on to take personnel survival tests. It invoved jumping into the water with cloths on, geting undressed in the pool, making floats out of clothes etc. We did have an annual swimming gala. I wander what Cameron would think of it. I'm sure he would replace the personnel survival training with races every week.
All kids have to do this sort of stuff in Primary schools now and, thankfully, it`s well funded. It would be terrible if this lifeskill was replaced with races for the few who`ve been taught on their holidays to Grenada.
What will happen next is, the politicians wasting yet more money they don't have.
It isn't enough to blow £9BN in 2 weeks. Now they want to throw another half billion at Elite athletes over the next four years.
Fine, perhaps, if they actually had this money. Sadly they don't. Our politicians never learn. Spend, spend spend! Even if you don't have it, spend some more. They never learn.
Actually I admire nations that only win a couple of medals but don't throw huge sums of money at the exercise of medal-winning. The Olympics is destined to become like football: you buy your way to the top of the table. Then there's a pretence the nation is itself great. Actually only the winning athletes are great.
Our consent was never sought to the 2012 Olympics being held here. It was a terrific waste of money, that happened at a time this nation could least afford it. A vanity exercise by vain people such as Tony Blair, Lord Coe, Ken Livingstone, David Beckham.
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