Legacy of the games (Karen Woods)
After watching the most amazing two weeks of breathtaking sporting and cultural achievement unfold before our eyes, we now have to approach our own political chambers and demand the halt and reversal of the Blueprint for Education’s proposal to reduce the amount of specialist PE in our primary schools from two to one session per week with the specialist PE teacher!
Surely this is in direct opposition to the proposals from Westminster whereby they are pledging two hours per week of specialist PE in primary schools as part of the “legacy of the games”.
We, in Shetland, already are in this enviable position and to take this away from our sports people of the future is a major backward step.
The legacy of any games (this includes our own Natwest Island Games 2005) is in the investment in the future. The beginnings of sporting achievement can only be ignited by talented, qualified sports specialists who are trained to spot, identify, mentor and encourage sporting talent at the earliest opportunity.
Our legacy to our bairns is to ensure that this is not taken from them in an attempt to save a few quid!
Let’s take this debate from behind the closed doors of the council chambers and insist we keep on investing in the future of Shetland sporting talent (undiscovered).
Don’t get me started on the withdrawal of certain music tuition in our schools as well.