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The health and wellbeing of our young people is of paramount importance, and we must encourage them to be active and fit for life.

“Physical activity and sport impacts positively on the extent to which young people feel connected to their school, to their aspirations and to

the development of leadership and citizenship skills”

(Stead & Neville 2010)

We are proud of the sporting efforts and achievements of our students, and are committed to giving our young people as many opportunities as they can to be active, and to encouraging them to recognise sport as a means of developing vital life skills. In our recent survey:

• 97% of RLS students feel that sport improves their wellbeing
• 70% feel sport makes them more confident
• 67% feel sport improves their ability to work in a team
• 41% feel sport improves their leadership skills

However, we have to recognise that a lack of funding for improvements to the sports facilities at the Royal Latin School has inevitably created a barrier to increasing participation, and prevent us from offering the diverse range of sport and activities we would like our students to experience:

• 67% of RLS students say that better facilities would inspire them to become more active in school
• 85% of RLS students would like the opportunity to try a greater variety of activity in school

The challenges presented by the poor sports facilities at The Royal Latin School are numerous and significant:

  • Grass pitches are unusable by mid-November due to poor drainage
  • Classes regularly have to share sports hall due to lack of indoor space, and have to make way during exams
  • Athletics areas are not fit for purpose: undulating track, long/high jump areas almost unusable
  • Small make do fitness room not equipped for full use, no aerobic machines, virtually unused by girls
  • No floodlighting limits use of outdoor facilities after dark
  • Lack of facilities limits our ability to offer non-games options, meaning we can’t provide a broad range of activities to encourage participation

Poor sports facilities limit choice, lower aspirations and create a barrier to participation, particularly for girls

(Go Girls Go Report, 2013)

The time has come to take action and transform sport at RLS – but we can’t do it alone. 

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