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primary school won't let dd3 go to athletics competition because she's loves sport

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seakelp Tue 05-Jul-11 14:33:22

SO annoyed. My dd3 age 8 loves running, her last primary wouldn't let her run in the school sports race 'because she's fast', so instead of the 100m race told her to do the egg and spoon race instead.

Her new primary wouldn't let her take part in the schools' partnership athletics tournament, again because she's fast, and that it was only open to ,nonsporty' children. I asked would there be any other fun athletics tournaments she could go to, they said no.

What exactly is the message here? It's not as if we're sports professionals or anything and dd3 does not have any specialist training, she just absolutely loves running! But she's penalised for it.

allhailtheaubergine Tue 05-Jul-11 14:35:06

How odd.

GypsyMoth Tue 05-Jul-11 14:35:13


CrapolaDeVille Tue 05-Jul-11 14:37:15

PC gawn mad!!

GrimmaTheNome Tue 05-Jul-11 14:37:30

How extremely bizzare.

The way to do sports days is in houses so you're not just running for yourself, and with different events to suit abilities - sprint for the fast ones, egg and spoon, sack and other fun races for the less sporty. And the participants in each race are cheered on just as loudly by their team-mate because their points all count.

kreecherlivesupstairs Tue 05-Jul-11 14:38:16

Could she join a running club? [clueless about ages]

seakelp Tue 05-Jul-11 14:38:40

Am glad I'm not the only one who thinks this is odd allhail, this is a state primary gone too pc imo. I can understand it gives children who dislike sports a chance to have fun, but what about the ones who do like sports? grrrrr

HelloKlitty Tue 05-Jul-11 14:41:13

God it's awful! They're literally holding kids back! Would they do this with a child who was a gifted writer? No! They'd bloody gve them MORE challenges not exclude them!

Get in there...question their stupid reasoning. Fight for your DDs right to excell!

MorticiaAddams Tue 05-Jul-11 14:44:42

That sounds ridiculous. Our primary is very competitive and she would be worshipped here!

If she loves running then I would contact the local athletics club and enrol her there.

LabMonkey Tue 05-Jul-11 14:46:07

I think most running clubs have a kids section where she'll be encouraged to train properly and encouraged to race by others who love to run. It's probably better in the long run because she'll be trained by people who understand what's appropriate for her age and not push her too hard. There are loads of fora online for running clubs or you could ask at your local sports centre?

eurochick Tue 05-Jul-11 14:47:16

That's daft! No wonder we never win anything if that's how kids with a taste for a particular sport are treated at such a young age!

Andrewofgg Tue 05-Jul-11 14:48:41

Oh lord above . . .

aliceliddell Tue 05-Jul-11 14:49:28

shouldn't she be on the gifted and talented register? Obviously she is talented at running. dd's primary had g&t register for sports, drama, dancing etc and academic.

GrimmaTheNome Tue 05-Jul-11 14:52:13

Is the school choir open only to the tone deaf, I wonder?

DDs school encouraged children of all abilities to join the various sports clubs, and they all had to participate in sports day in appropriate events. It was fun and competive! The teams took part in local events, most kids who wanted to got to play. But the real athletes got to go to regional and even national events.

I bet the non-sporty kids at my DDs school had a better experience overall than those at your DDs, and obviously the sporty ones way better.

Smellslikecatpee Tue 05-Jul-11 14:52:37

Thats odd they are been very unreasonable

Cleverything Tue 05-Jul-11 14:53:26

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TheSecondComing Tue 05-Jul-11 14:55:01

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bubblesincoffee Tue 05-Jul-11 14:57:44

Our school has done an athletics thing that sounds simelar to what you describe, and anothing thing where the children go up to a secondary school to do sports. They were targeted activities to get children who aren't interested in sport motivated to try something they might enjoy.

That's not penalising children who are good at sport, because it's nothing to do with them, it's about encouraging the children who are less confident with their physical ability.

If a child who was excellent at sport were to attend one of these activities that is taylored for the non sporty kids, the children who have the most potential to benefit may as well stay in the class PE session where they are always outshone by the faster runners. It would be like taking a child with a reading age five years ahead and putting him in a group for children who struggle with reading. It would be pointless for everyone.

As for the egg and spoon race, it's a shame that your dd didn't get to compete in her chosen race, but maybe she would have been given the chance at some point had she stayed at the school. They can't only put the best children in the running races, the others deserve a chance just as much as your dd.

If your dd is good at sport, then you will easily be able to encourage her into doing extra activities outside of school where she will get her chance to shine. It's much harder to do that with a child that really doesn't like sport, so they need the targeted attention because excercise is needed to be healthy. That's why schools do things like this.

seakelp Tue 05-Jul-11 17:24:12

I should have sat her in front of the tv more, given her bowls of crisps and chocolates and told her off for wanting to run around outside. Then she would have been rewarded by being given an opportunity to go to a fun sporty event hmm.

Sorry but if there was another event organised for children who actually wanted to do it then fine, yes, have separate events.

But there is no event for dd3 simply and purely because she absolutely loves sports, and loves the thrill of running as she imagines she's galloping on a pony (even though we can't afford one).

MrsVidic Tue 05-Jul-11 17:29:45

PC gone mad- this sort of thing really gets my back up-

seakelp Tue 05-Jul-11 17:38:02

Thesecond coming, should have name changed sorry it comes across like that blush

youarekidding Tue 05-Jul-11 17:54:43

Seems odd. But why would children who hate sport want to do athletics competitions?

My DS is a swimmer, loves it, I would be a bit hmm if he was asked to take part in football competition because he doesn't play - as he HATES it!

LDNmummy Tue 05-Jul-11 18:02:38

This is odd indeed but maybe take it as a good thing as it clearly shows your daughter has great sporting potential.

Why don't you sign her up for running somewhere? You might be the parent of a future olympics champion.

fairydoll Tue 05-Jul-11 18:10:26

I thought they usually moved them up an age group so they were competing with people of similar ability.

fairydoll Tue 05-Jul-11 18:13:00

However it depends what the purpose of this particular event was.If it's aim is to widen participation which 'only for non-sporty children' suggests Then YABU

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