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Pointless Sport Aid clothing day. Anyone else's school do this?

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MeAndMySpoon Wed 19-Mar-14 12:09:44

So DS1's school is celebrating the rather random pointlessness that is Sport Aid this Friday by allowing children to come into school dressed in 'sports kit'. Or P.E. kit. They are not, as far as I know, doing anything actually sporty in their kit. They aren't running round the playground 5 times for sponsorship or anything. Just wearing 'sports kit', and being asked to 'donate at least £1 to this worthy cause'. hmm

I'm a bit stink-eyed about the constant calls to donate to charities that I'm not choosing to patronise, IYSWIM, but hey, it's a quid, we aren't asked to more than about 5 times in a school year and I can afford it. (I hate hate hate the idea that families who can't afford it are being asked to choose between compromising family finances and humiliating their children, though. angry)

What I'm a bit hacked off with this time is that unlike 'wear mufti for PTA funds, pay a quid' or 'wear spotty clothes for CIN day, pay a quid' (large coloured 'dot' stickers over normal clothes!), this is sports-themed. If DS1 doesn't possess an over-priced, slippery nylon footy top (and he doesn't, he isn't remotely bothered about football at the moment), then he has to go in his P.E. kit. Apart from anything else, it's likely to be bloody freezing on Friday. I wouldn't be sending him in wearing school shorts, and they're a lot longer than the P.E. shorts he has. Is he going to get teased for not having a football top? I mean, that sort of singling-out wouldn't even be an issue if the school weren't forcing it here.

AIBU to be pissed off about this? It seems a really lazy way of 'celebrating' (or 'marking the event' as the head has it) a rather piss-poor celebrity vehicle charity thing, there is no actual sports involved, and he's likely to be teased because he doesn't have the right gear. And will freeze his arse off.

Raxacoricofallapatorius Wed 19-Mar-14 12:14:20

Dd's school are doing it. Dd is wearing her pe kit. Her pe kit includes jogging bottoms and a hooded jacket. I have no problem with it.

MirandaWest Wed 19-Mar-14 12:15:49

At DCs school they're dressing up as a famous sportsperson. Mine are not particularly into sport. DS doesn't have the obligatory football kit. Think he's going to wear normal clothes and take a table tennis bat. Not sure what DDs going to do yet (need to think about it really don't I?)

Raxacoricofallapatorius Wed 19-Mar-14 12:16:11

Contributions are voluntary here BTW and there would be a rather dim view taken of bullying over clothing. To my knowledge it doesn't happen. And I work there.

CecyHall Wed 19-Mar-14 12:17:57

Does he not have any joggers? I'd just send mine in joggers and a tshirt and hoodie.

I wouldn't put him in his indoor pe kit, does he not do outdoor PE too? Ours need a joggers/sweatshirt kit and a tshirt/shorts kit.

SpockSmashesScissors Wed 19-Mar-14 12:19:08

So have they just said sports clothes? So tracksuit bottoms and any t-shirt.

It's come in sports clothes at our school, usually the boys wear tracksuit bottoms and some of them a football top or lots just wear any t-shirt, and most girls usually come in leggings and any t-shirt.

Ours are going to run around the field as well.

SpockSmashesScissors Wed 19-Mar-14 12:20:18

Mine will be wearing a hoodie as well as tracksuit bottoms and t-shirt.

nicky2512 Wed 19-Mar-14 12:22:08

Sporty stuff would be easier for me. My son lives in canterburys! He has to pay a pound go with crazy hair and odd socks!!! I may be missing something but I have not got a clue where that came from. V short brown hair so wig a possibility if he would wear it and his sisters socks I suppose.

Cringechilli Wed 19-Mar-14 12:22:18

It's any sports clothes isn't it? Doesn't your ds have any joggers and trainers? Any sort of tshirt/hoody? I thought that was standard little boy attire and it makes up the majority of my ds's clothing.

MeAndMySpoon Wed 19-Mar-14 12:31:19

Um, I just checked and all his tracksuit trousers are now way too small. blush (He wears cords, combat trousers, that sort of thing.) No, he doesn't have trainers exactly, he has some Clarks dinosaur shoes that are sort of trainersy. He really isn't sporty, he wears those for tearing around and basically anything outdoors that doesn't requite either wellies or crocs! He seems to manage fine without trainers. Maybe I'd better get him some joggers anyway.

Nope, he doesn't do outdoor PE apart from in summer term and then they wear t-shirt and shorts, same as indoor PE. He's in year 1, I'm not sure but I suspect the KS2 lot do outdoor PE year-round. So no, joggers and a hooded top aren't already part of his PE kit. He has plenty of hoodies and non-school aertex shirts.

It's more the fact that all they're doing is putting on sports gear, and that's it. Just seems a bit pointless.

BirdyBedtime Wed 19-Mar-14 12:36:17

I do kind of agree with the OP that it would be better if they actually DID something sporty.

DD's school is doing this, but specifically banning football strips. They are combining it with 'Wear a Hat' for a brain tumour charity - that's more of a difficulty for us as she doesn't have a hat that fits other than her winter woolly one! Half of the �1 will go to each.

I'd have to say though if the OP thinks her DS would be teased for not having the 'right' clothes she should be questioning her school's anti-bullying policy! FWIW my DS does not own a football top as he has no interest in football whatsoever and I know of several boys in DD's year who are similar

OddBoots Wed 19-Mar-14 12:36:19

It does seem silly to wear them and pay but not actually do anything.

DDs school say they can come in sports stuff or change into their PE kit for the day (the kit includes a track suit and trainers as standard), there is no change for wearing sports clothing but there is an extended lunch break and various sporty games will be being run by staff at 20p a go.

Raxacoricofallapatorius Wed 19-Mar-14 12:39:14

Ks1 do outdoor pe here. All year round within reason. Dd hasn't got trainers at home, will just wear her pe shoes.

MeAndMySpoon Wed 19-Mar-14 12:43:55

That sounds a bit more involved, OddBoots. Looking at the letter, I see it says it will tie in to a day with a company that comes round and does PE days (I think they're touting for business, as if there's enough interest they will run an after-school club doing TAG rubgy or something), though letter doesn't explicitly say it's on the same day as Sport Aid. I may be frothing unnecessarily. grin

Sadly, BirdyBedtime, there are a handful of little s*ds in DS1's class who have bullied him, and other children, in the past, and I really don't want to give them a pretext. School knows and tries to arrange things so that the worst offender doesn't have access to DS1. It's a bit of an ongoing issue TBH. confused

Hulababy Wed 19-Mar-14 12:50:30

My school - infants - are invited to come in wearing sports wear this Friday too with a voluntary contribution of £1.
They are also doing a speedball competition during the day and some local footballers are coming too.

Sports wear can be whatever they like here - football kit, judo outfit, ice skating wear, cycling clothes, climbing wear, dance outfit, etc.

Quinteszilla Wed 19-Mar-14 12:54:23

Luckily ds has PE on Friday, so will go in as per usual in his grey tracksuit bottoms and school PE sweatshirt.

They are marking it by wearing odd socks. The request is for the children to wear differently coloured socks. hmm

But there is a range of sport on offer for all the children that day! The info sheet makes the day look like almost a mini sports day.

MeAndMySpoon Wed 19-Mar-14 14:03:32

Odd socks thing might be Downs Syndrome Awareness Day? DS2 is going in with odd socks and a quid to preschool, if I can remember. He is supremely unbothered by clothing and will probably not even notice he's wearing odd socks! grin

So do I need to change the direction of my needless frothing and aim it at the fact that DS1's school doesn't do outdoor sport at KS1? God, I hated outdoor PE, but then I'm a lazy person who dislikes sport generally. (can you tell yet?) And I don't want DS1 to be like me in that respect.

Menolly Wed 19-Mar-14 16:02:05

DS's school are doing wear sports clothes, luckily DS is sports mad and involved with a few local teams (football, rugby and cross country) so we have a lot of sports clothes here, we are actually lending a couple of his friends bits. Generally at DS's school it's local team kit or tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt, no one tends to wear big team football strips until KS2.

I'd go get him some cheap tracksuit bottoms (Primark ones are £2.50) and stick him in that, PE shoes and a t-shirt, it's useful to have some tracksuit bottoms kicking around for school trips and stuff anyway.

dizzyday07 Wed 19-Mar-14 16:25:54

DD's school all ran the Sports Relief Mile around the school field today and sponsorship forms had come home at the weekend. They just wore normal PE kit. On Friday they can go in "sports clothes" with a 50p donation.

We didn't sponsor DD for the run as she is taking part in the Swimathon on Friday evening which she has collected sponsorship for.

angelcake20 Wed 19-Mar-14 16:48:45

DCs too have to be famous sports people for the day on Friday, though no contribution unless you wish to buy a wristband. Much easier for us than most of the recent costume demands but we will pick appropriate sports gear and then pick an identity (likely to be one athlete and one cricketer). The Sport Relief Mile is tomorrow, though only for Yrs 5&6.

SockPinchingMonster Thu 20-Mar-14 13:58:46

Our school is doing this too - they have to dress up as their favourite sportsperson. My 5 year old twins have absolutely zero interest in sport, they couldn't name a sportsperson if you asked them to. They don't own any track suit bottoms other than their PE kit which is at school, and they don't own any football/rugby shirts as we don't watch any sport other than motor racing.
I've told them they can just go in in whatever clothes they want - cue 2 crying 5 year olds saying they will get into trouble if they don't dress up as a sportsperson grrrrrrr, I bloody hate stupid dress up days like this.

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Thu 20-Mar-14 14:02:32

I'd let him go in his normal jeans/combats as a skateboarder or something.

mumofthemonsters808 Thu 20-Mar-14 14:02:41

Our school is doing this too but the contributions are voluntary and there are a series of sports activities throughout the day. I'm lucky because DS does have sports clothes so I don't have to spend money and buy new.

Bumpsadaisie Thu 20-Mar-14 14:24:49

I think its a bit rubbish not to actually be doing some sport. At our school we are all running (walking in the littlies' case) a mile.

Nerfmother Thu 20-Mar-14 14:31:22

Our school is doing this - ds is totally not sporty (apart from dance, and no way am I sending him to school in dance kit) so I shall have to buy bloody tracksuit bottoms. None of the other boys have any he could wear so a bit fed up.

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