Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

By the Numbers - Sport Post-Olympics: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

By the Numbers - Sport Post-Olympics: News

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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. …

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