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Is your sports day a big deal?

School sports day with a difference

In the country of Jamaica they take school sports day really seriously!

Hundreds of schools compete against each other and it's all shown on TV across the country. They even have people there to spot possible future Olympic champions!

So do you think we should do the same thing here? Or should sports day be more about just having fun?

What's your favourite event? Would you like to compete at the Olympics?

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"I don't think sports day should be serious, there should be two different races, a fun one and one for people who really want to compete. My sports day is not serious at all. It's very laid back!"

Annie, 12, Surrey, England

"Our school already has a competitive sports day and the people who aren't as good at sport don't get included at all. There are no fun events."

Dominic, 11, Hertfordshire, England

"Our school sports day is OK but we do need a bit more fun, because sometimes it's a bit boring to just sit there and watch your team lose."

Monique, 11, London, England

"Having a big sports day like that would cost a lot of money."

Adam, 9, Hampshire, England

"I'm in secondary school and our sports day is big. All of the years have a day off, we all wear our PE kit and join in with the sports. Some of us do it for fun while others take it quite seriously. Even some of the teachers join in!"

Demi, 13, Shropshire, England

"I don't think it's a good idea to do it here because we already have lots of competitions for schools to take part in."

Ferdos, 11, London, England

"I don't think it should be a big day. I think the PE teachers should just give up trying to make it good. They always fail."

Jamie, 13, Hertfordshire, England

"It used to be OK but now it's even better because we go to the National Indoor Arena and do loads of events, just like on the TV."

Georgina, 8, Cardiff, Wales

"It's not serious at first, but when you have to do something it gets serious because you're under pressure."

Megan, 10, Dyfed, Wales

"I don't think this is a good idea as some people who are really good may not want to perform at their age in front of so many people."

Helen, 12, Bedfordshire, England

"I think sports day should be a big deal because I would like to be as fast as Usain Bolt one day and this would make me practice for the future."

James, 11, Leeds, England

"Sports day at my school is not a big deal but I think it should be. Sport keeps you fit and healthy for the rest of your life. I love running the 800 metre race because I love long distance running."

Belle, 14, Oxford, England

"I do not think that sports day is a big deal as people who do not like sport can't have fun."

Jack, 9, Surrey, England

"In my school we have four teams. If you win, your house gets a trophy, and we have tug of war. I don't enjoy sports day, as my school keeps us in the middle of the sun and a lot of my classmates have to go home sick!"

Maddie, 10, Norfolk, England

"At my school it's no big deal, we split into four colour teams and then do all sorts of sports to raise money for charity."

Anastasia, 10, London, England

"No, at our school it's not that much of a big deal because only the best people get to do it, so if you're not very good at PE then you have no chance. I have never done it!!"

Amy, 13, Manchester, England

"I really enjoy having sports day at school, it's great fun. Some of us take it seriously and some don't. We have all kinds of great sports to participate in, ranging from the relay to the fancy dress race! I like it the way we do it, just having fun!"

Georgia, 10, Slough, England

"We take sports day kind of seriously. The parents are invited and refreshments are served, the sprint track is the full length of our field, and I came second!"

Niamh, 11, Derby, England

"I think it should stay as a fun day, because if you are not very good at sport it would spoil the whole day for you."

Rachel, 11, Rochdale, England

"Our sports day is anything but serious. If you trip up or lose nobody laughs, you will actually laugh yourself. We do get prizes though!"

Faduma, 11, London, England

"My sports day is never a big deal because my headteacher always tells us that it's not the winning, it is the taking part that counts."

Emma, 9, Cambridgeshire, England

"I think that sports day is the only thing everyone looks forward to towards the end of the year, because it's just so fun and interesting!"

Hilma, 14, London, England

"I think sports day should be for fun."

Tegan, 10, Cornwall, England

"Our sports day is in a stadium. It's going to be our first in secondary school, so we'll have to see if it's good. I don't think it's that serious, it's just letting pupils have fun doing sport which is something good for you."

Simran, 12, Buckinghamshire, England

"Our school has four teams (North, South, East and West) and if you win you get prizes. It is competitive and is a big deal to win."

Lauren & Jade, 12, Derbyshire, England

"Our sports day is just for fun. There are a few people who take it seriously but they're too competitive."

Elisha, 12, Suffolk, England

"I think schools SHOULD make children compete against each other because they would pay more attention on sports day because they want to win."

Emilia, 10, Middlesex, England

"I've always dreaded sports day, but luckily we don't take it very seriously."

Lauren, 12, Cardiff, Wales

"No my school doesn't take it that seriously."

Lauren, 9, England

"I think taking it seriously is a good thing because if you are the next Olympic gold medallist it is a chance for you to get noticed."

Fuad, 10, London, England

"Has anybody thought how people who don't like sport feel about this? Hundreds of people watching you come last? No thanks!"

April, 12, Essex, England

"I don't think school sports day should be taken so seriously. People get too competitive. It should be fun!"

Alice, 12, Lancashire, England

"In my school we already have a competitive sports day where we compete for points. We also go to competitions against other schools."

Edward, 12, Northamptonshire, England

"I think that we should do this idea in our country."

James, 11, Middlesbrough, England

"I don't think sports day should be serious. There should be two different races, a fun one and one for people who really want to compete. My sports day is not serious at all. It's very laid back!"

Annie, 12, Surrey, England

"Our sports day is not serious, but when they say who won it gets REALLY serious."

Eleanor, 9, Cambridge, England

"Our sports day is rubbish! No-one even watches, we just sit and talk all day, the only race our teachers take seriously is the 800m race!"

Laura, 12, Shrewsbury, England

"Sports day is meant to be fun. People take it too seriously."

Bob, 11, West Yorkshire, England