More than half of schoolchildren in academies across the UK are doing extra sport after being inspired by the Olympics, new figures reveal. This is from the Evening Standard…
A survey of pupils in academies run by the United Learning group found that 60 per cent said they were encouraged to do more sport after watching the Games. More than two thirds now want to try new sports after being inspired by London 2012.
Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis were named as the most popular athletes among students, and 86 per cent of children said the Olympics showed them that anything is possible if they work hard enough.
Jon Coles, chief executive of United Learning, said: “These results show the importance of London 2012 to children and young people across the country. Our students were thrilled and inspired by what they saw.
“The legacy is not just confined to sport: the Olympic and Paralympic Games have raised the aspirations of a generation, not only about what they are capable of, but also about what our country can achieve.”
Hayley Burns, PE teacher at Walthamstow Academy, which is run by the United Learning chain, said she saw a huge change in her students while the Olympics was taking place near the school. She said: “As a result of the Olympics coming here and the Olympic village being on our doorstep there was a real buzz around and the kids really wanted to get involved.
“A lot more students want to get involved in sport and they are asking us about different activities such as BMX and handball. There has been
a big increase in the number of people wanting to try badminton as well. We are trying to get different experts in to accommodate them. The difference is unbelievable.”