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Private Schools and Sports

World Sports Day - London
Schools in the United Kingdom can differ greatly, especially if we are looking at what a particular school has to offer when it comes to sports.

It is from my own search for a good school for my children that I came to the conclusion that private schools are a lot better in this regards.

I don’t know how many schools be investigated, but I would guess it must have been at least 10 different schools here in our vicinity. No single one of the state schools we looked at could impress us with their sports offerings.

A lot of those public schools only allowed a couple of hours of sports per week for the children. Many of the schools did not offer any additional classes and courses beyond that.

Very few of the public schools had modern,  up-to-date sports facilities and those who had them often didn’t maintain them well.

The picture was quite different when we researched some of the better private schools in the UK. Not only did we find that they by and large gave sports a much higher priority compared to state schools, they also offered the children a lot more sport activities in general.

For example, our youngest loves soccer. There was only three schools where he can join a soccer team and those were private, independent schools.

Now, it may well be that sport is not that important for your family. If it is, on the other hand, you should probably take a closer look at the private schools in your area. You will be surprised how those schools are often a lot better for sports than our public schools!

For further information about private schools in the UK you can take a look at private school Cambridgeshire as well.

Glasgow Among World’s Best Sports Cities


The Scottish city of Glasgow has made it into the top list of the world’s sports host cities.

After the city climbed three places in the ranking by the SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Cities Awards, Glasgow is now at fifth place ahead of Los Angeles,  Tokyo, Sydney and Paris .

Glasgow is also the number one city in the sports legacy category as well as the best small city by population band. It managed to  beat Amsterdam, Calgary, Doha and Vancouver.

The CEO of Glasgow’s city council, Annemarie O’Donnell said that Glasgow’s sporting reputation has never been higher.

In a public statement after the announcement she said  “Our rise as one of the world’s top sporting cities has been secured thanks to our investment in world-class facilities, our international events programme and our commitment to increasing participation and leaving a lasting legacy for future generations.”

Fitness: Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Feet

Foot steppingA lot of people, when they do exercising have a tendency to ignore their feet. They may be using all kinds of fitness exercises, a treadmill or other equipment where they target various parts of their bodies –  yet the feet are mostly not getting the attention they would need.

Health experts point out that a quarter of the body’s bones are in our feet and ankles. Pretty much our entire bodies foundation ‘n stability depends on them. This is where movement begins.

Health expert and fitness author Katie Bowman to the press: “The feet are perhaps the most neglected complex structure in the body.

According to a recent study by the American Podiatric Medical Association, eight in 10 Americans have experienced a problem with their feet at least once in their lives. Worse, the study also showed that 25% of adults are unable to exercise due to foot problems.

The spokesmen of the APM Dr Howard Osterman  points out that foot problems are mostly due to overuse: “We don’t need the toes to have the dexterity of fingers but we do need some dexterity,” he said. “We need the muscles to have strength.”

New Sports Medicine and Leisure Centre for Sheffield

Finally, the construction for the new sports medicine and leisure centre in Sheffield has begun. The centre’s location will be right by the Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre in Norton.

According to the city’s council, the £16 million project will be one of the city’s biggest investments in the last decades.

The centre will be the new home for one of the three hubs of the U.K.’s national centre for sport and exercise medicine.

Among the amenities in the centre will be in the tennis courts, a Olympic size swimming pool along with several other fitness and health facilities.

The centre is expected to be opened next year.