A recent report from the BBC claims that as boys get older and sport becomes more competitive, boys are starting to become disengaged with sport and PE.
Among the 14-16 age group fewer than half of boys (47%) claim PE skills are or will be relevant to their daily lives.
These findings show how crucial it is for sports coaches to ensure that PE and sport is made fun as well as competitive through primary school and into secondary. Often sport becomes more organised and compeititve as children progress, however as these studies show this can be detrimental to their future enjoyment.
With 30% of boys not enjoying or looking forward to PE and physical activity is it worth seondary schools taking a lead from primary schools and ensuring fun and enjoyment is back at the forefront of their PE lessons to ensure children stay engaged? Competition can still be utilised through inter-school fixtures and external clubs but as PE is a core subject could it benefit from a shake up at secondary level?