Friday, 15 April 2011
I dropped the young man off early morning earlier in the week at The English Institiute of Sport in Sheffield as I had booked him a training day with the Sheffield Sharks Basketball team (whom he says after meeting them that they are the coolest guys on earth!) As we pulled into the car park, we discovered that we were parked alongside the inspirational Jessica Ennis who had turned up for a training morning. The young man warned me NOT to reach for my camera! "and don't try racing her to the door either" he threatened in all seriousness! Now Ive never been into sports in any way shape or form, but after giving birth to a boy child who is sports mad, and having traipsed to every sporting event, stood on every freezing cold school football pitch, sat for hours in the rain on cricket pitches across the county, etc etc, I can totally see the benefit for kids - especially for mid teens who can tend to be a bit lazy if you let them! I was astounded to see how many teens were taking advantage of the sports facilities in the Attercliffe Valley this week. I hate to see teenagers hanging about doing nothing (or worse) and they get to an age where they don't really want to be with parents in the school holidays. If you can keep them interested and active in some kind of sport, not only will they keep fitter, be less trouble to society and off the streets, they might also come across some excellent roll models. Its a shame and short sighted that sports programmes are getting cut for this age group of young people. I watched the lovely Jessica Ennis run around the track for a while, and I had a bit of a sprint in my step all day!