The House of Lords Committee on Sport and Recreation last week held a virtual roundtable with pupils from St Aidan’s Church of England High School in Harrogate as part of its inquiry into how we can get more people across the UK to live physically active lives. Part of the Committee’s inquiry is to look at how sport and other physical education is delivered in schools and whether enough priority and resources are given to sport in the curriculum.
The Committee hosted a round table with 17 students from St Aidan’s and another school in Leicester on Wednesday 16 June. The Committee heard a range of views from pupils aged between 13 and 15. Discussions covered topics including:
- What they like about PE and sport in school and what more could be done to make it more enjoyable.
- Whether negative gender stereotypes around sport puts some girls off taking part or being more active.
- The role of famous athletes and other role models in encouraging young people to be more active.
- What sport and other physical activity they take part in outside of school and how more young people can be encouraged to get involved.
Members of the Committee who took part in the discussion included Committee Chair Lord Phil Willis, Olympic gold medallist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Vice-Chairman of West Ham United Baroness Karen Brady.
Congratulations to our Year 10 students who took part: Luna Morillon-Rios 10W, Freya Binish 10S, Eve Greenwood 10C, Jessie Lennox 10H, Huda Nasar 10D, Brodie Watson 10P, Delano Zambonini 10Y, Peter Abeyawardene 10D, Alec Leitao 10S and James Green 10Y.
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