Boris Johnson calls for more sport in schools

LAST UPDATED: 27 Aug, 2012 @ 12:13
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Boris Johnson calls for more sport in schools

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.

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  1. Absolutely nothing to do with Spain, but it gives us Boris baiters a great chance to slag off this bumbling goon. We’d all love our kids to enjoy the facilities he enjoyed, unfortunately they’ve flogged off the playing fields, while Eton continues to enjoy charitable status, which helps to buy a few rugger balls for those poverty-stricken toffs. He’s fooling no one. This matey populism is only designed for one thing. He has his eye on the main prize. He wants to be Prime Minister, to supplant Cameron. Then it really would be out of the frying pan and into the fire.

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