LONDON Mayor Boris Johnson has called for all children to have to do two hours of sport each day, just like he did at Eton.
In a thinly veiled attack on the government’s decision to scrap Labour’s two-hour-a-week target for compulsory sport, Johnson said ministers should set the bar even higher.
He added that widening pupils’ participation in sport following the Olympics was of ‘profound’ importance for the ‘happiness and success’ of the country.
“I would like to see a much more thorough effort. I think we must build on the achievements of these Games,” said Johnson, who once famously rugby tackled a player during a charity football match.
“I think the government totally understands people’s appetite for this, they can see the benefits of sport and what it does for young people.
“I think they understand very, very clearly the social and economic advantages.
“I would like to see, frankly, the kind of regime I used to enjoy – compulsory two hours sport every day. I have no doubt that is the sort of thing that would be wonderful for kids across this country,” he added.