By Laura Taylor, Jan 16 2019 03:34PM
A well-resourced and thriving state school PE department have kickstarted a debate about just how far schools go to achieve success.
The school (they have asked us to spare their blushes by remaining anonymous) were proud of their coaching programme and the progress that many of their students make during the five or seven years spent with them.
But they rarely made it past the county finals of any national competitions (not for the want of trying) and reckoned they knew why.
They named six schools within 40 miles of them – four independent and two state institutions – who they claimed spent huge resources in terms of time and money recruiting players to join them.
This, they claimed, started at junior school level and went right through to sixth form. Not surprisingly, they were frustrated and rather annoyed.
But how big a problem is this – and frankly does it matter? Are sports scholarships a force for good or just a polite term for playier poaching?
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