Hot on the heels of our news item last week concerning a Movement agenda came a report in the Guardian by Denis Campbell entitled ‘Competitive team sports will alienate inactive schoolchildren’ that discussed the Young Foundation Thinktank report ‘Move It – increasing young people’s participation in sport’ that suggests government’s traditional focus doesn’t suit inactive children, who prefer informal, individual activities.
The thinktank says: ‘The philosophy of sports policy remains embedded in supporting elite and competitive sports. It does nothing to change the overly complex way sport is organised and will continue to fund the organisations that have failed to increase levels of participation in the past’. In order to achieve lasting change the report suggests some radical solutions; Tacklesport suggest this one for a starter: stop using the word ‘sport’ in educational contexts and replace it with ‘movement’. If we want the world to move let’s start using the right language!!