Learning through sports

UPDATE 8.40am:  Graeme Maw, director of sport at Millfield School, in Somerset, says every pupil at the school does a minimum of three hours of scheduled sport per week. 

However, many pupils at the private school, which has nine former and current pupils competing at the London Games - more than any other school - do up to 22 hours of training. There are also more than 30 different sports on offer. 

It is an ethos Mr Maw agrees with. "Dance might not be an Olympic sport but it's something that young girls really enjoy - it's about finding and discovering individual talent in a child," he adds.

Read more in BBC - Olympics legacy: How can we encourage kids into sport?


I believe the information above is self explanatory. Efforts to educate our youngsters to appreciate sports is always welcomed.

We saw how sports unite us all; from Malaysians of all walks of life feeling disappointed and sorry for Lee Chong Wei after he failed to win the gold medal, to how we slammed a particular politician for his rather insensitive statement.

 Most of us even stayed up late on a working day to watch Azizulhasni Awang in action in the keirin final. Oh yes, even some of the cycling events united us Malaysians as most were confused with what was going on around the track.

But that is sports for you. It crosses all boundaries, race, religion, creed and culture. It is one factor that allows us to sit together and root for the same purpose.

And it is therefore important to instill such sporting attitude among our young.

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