Well done, SJI but...
'The sad reality is that certain schools suppress popular sports like football to ensure that good athletes are herded into niche CCAs.'
MR XING YUN: 'I applaud St Joseph's Institution (SJI) for reviving its football team ('School leaders must play ball with sports CCAs'; last Saturday). The problem of school sports goes beyond resource constraints and a lack of aptitude. The sad reality is that certain schools suppress popular sports like football to ensure that good athletes are herded into the schools' niche co-curricular activities (CCAs). Such a practice is shortsighted and counter-productive to the development of school sports. When I was studying at Hwa Chong, we lobbied the school to form a football team with full funding. Among our members were the school's athletics, volleyball, squash and softball captains. They continued to excel in their other CCAs and won many medals for the school. One represented Singapore at youth level in football and athletics. Schools should allow students to pursue their own sporting interests as far as possible. This will certainly not lead to the demise of their existing sports and may even let the schools carve out new CCA niches.'
12 December 2011
Football in schools
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