The Playing Fields Myth

Find me the 2012 Olympic medallist who owes their sporting success to wet afternoons on an English school playing field and I’ll get worked up about selling off school playing fields.

The fact is, like so many stories from inside the Westminster village, the row over school sports fields is a red herring; great for political point scoring, nothing to do with kids and sport.

And even less to do with future Olympic triumph.

Most of our Olympians came up through local clubs not schools. In track-side […]

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