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Last Updated: Friday, 18 March, 2005, 12:56 GMT
What are the hot topics in sport?
The organisers of a series of BBC Sport summits want to know what you think are the key issues facing sport in the UK.

A series of 13 events were held in England, Wales and Scotland which culminated in a national debate on 16 March.

Delegates were urged to come up with concrete answers to the problems facing sport in their area.

Use the form on the right to e-mail us your suggestions for how to solve the main issues undermining sport. We will post them on the site and feed them into the debate.

Here are some of the e-mails we have received so far. Contributions are largely unedited.


HOT TOPICS?
How can we get big business to invest in grass roots sport?
How can ensure more balanced coverage of sport in the media?
How can we break down the sexist culture of sport?
What's really needed to get people active?
How can we increase the numbers of volunteers in sport?
How can we make participating in sport fun for all?
How can we make offices healthier places?
How can we build safer/better communities through sport?

Media coverage

Why doesn't the government encourage or enforce the media to give a far more balanced view of all sports? If anyone visited from out of space, you would think that we only play the TV sports - football, rugby, cricket, racing, snooker and darts. We must be the only European country who does not have our own sports paper and who doesn't give women fair coverage.
Carol Gordon, UK

School sport

In order for there to be a solution, PE needs to be much more important in primary schools and coaches need to be paid a better salary to coach what they are good at and inspire young people to play.
Suzanne, England

I am always bemused by my children's school sportsday as it's about participation (which is commendable) but never recognition or reward. Not surprisingly, this completely contradicts schools' policy of rewarding academic achievement via a well-structured and motivating system. The UK's present sports achievers are to be commended for doing so well with such little impetus from the education system.
WD, UK

To get people involved in sport you need to start early and keep providing good facilities. This really means there ought to be four hours a week of compulsory school sport and provision for more optional sport. School sport has been trashed by so much emphasis being put on league tables, which sport of course does not count towards. The new A-levels have imposed more lessons on timetables, too, and much of that has come out of sport.
Richard Smith, Yorkshire

I am currently in France and my cousin's school is fantastic. They offer a wide variety of sports to do after and during school. They go swimming everyday for a hour. Why can't schools in Britain do the same thing? It would improve one's health. It's only an hour and the government should provide the money.
Paul Evans, UK

As a PE teacher I encourage my best pupils to link with clubs. However, one athletics coach works with one pupil and builds school races into her programme, whilst another coach at a different club is totally against his athlete competing for school. The latter attitude only succeeds in people not putting forward their best athletes to this club. This attitude only deters the teacher that encouraged them in the first place!
BC, UK

Compulsory physical education seems to be only implemented up to Year 10. But older students need as much time playing sport as students in lower years. Sport helps people to relax and circulates oxygen to the brain, helping them learn more effectively.
Pete, England

Why can our government not follow the Swedish government by making it compulsory for students to do 10 hours of sport in school a week? In England it is only three!
Chris Agi, Jersey, UK

I feel it would be a great idea if professional sports men and women could attend sports lessons at schools. This would probably motivate further those interested in taking sport as a career, and nurture the desire of others to take a more active role.
Ali, England

Many people at my school dislike sport because we are forced to wear very short netball skirts as this is the regulation. Also teenagers who try and do sport for fun (eg: a game of football in the park) are often looked upon as if they are about to incite a riot, which is not exactly encouraging.
Lauren, England

Facilities

I believe that EVERY school should have a decent sized sports hall and artificial pitch
Rebecca, England

The cost of recreational activities at many sports centres is too expensive for many families to access. Also families who do not have a car are disadvantaged by inadequate public transport after 6pm and on Sundays!
Ian Muter, England

How can govenments aim to cut obesity when they are allowing companies to build houses on playing fields? Maybe if there were some sports clubs for kids to join there would not be figures such as: 25% of 14 to 17-year-olds are involved in crime.
JG, England

I was brought up in the 1970s, when all spare grass-covered areas were played on by kids who loved football and cricket. I don't see kids playing now. And why do Premiership clubs not bother to look outside their own stadiums and see the talent, only to then waste money and send scouts to foreign lands and give overseas players big contracts?
Peter Morino, England

Why is it everywhere I go and there is a decent patch of grass so kids can play footie on it, the local council put the sign on it which has stuck with me since I was a kid: "NO BALL GAMES TO PLAYED ON THIS OPEN LAND". No wonder youngsters are not interested in playing sports. I was always out on my local green playing footie with my two brothers and our mates. We had no need for PS2's and X-Boxes
Mark Stanley, Aylesbury, England

Funding/volunteers

For a module in my Msc degree, several interviews on the subject 'How does funding affect sport performance?' were conducted. The general consensus was that funding needs to be concentrated on encouraging school in sport, talent spotting, youth development and nurturing potential athletes with adequate support - ie: physiotherapy, coaches, sports physiology. Other key areas were competitiveness and encouraging businesses to sponsor athletes, either through cash, or job, placement.
Sarah Davey, England

Why is it that funding is available to all those who make it to elite level or who are already succeeding in junior competition, yet there is no funding for those who need the help to try and get there?There is also no funding for volunteers who give their time freely to help run sport and in return must pay huge fees for courses they wish to undertake to improve their skills?
Rachel, England

Health

There is no emphasis in this country on "physical education" it's all about "physical exercise." We are becoming increasingly obese as a nation. From 16 onwards we drink and smoke and think little about our well-being. Far too much time is devoted to talking about these issues in forums. As a nation we always take the soft option much to the pleasure of our competitors.
Trevor Hobday, England

Participation

The government needs to copy the Australian ideas behind getting people into sport ASAP!
Dan Murray, England/Kuwait

Racism

I think racisim is still big in parts of Europe and I think any country whose fans are racist should be kicked out of a major football tournament.
Zubair, UK

Homophobia

Why is racism in sport the focus of high profile campaigns such as "Kick Racism Out", whilst homophobia in sport remains largely unchallenged? We should stop being confined by stereotypes.This starts through the media stopping their sensationalism of homosexuality and leaders of sports taking a public stand against homophobia as they have with racism. Policy makers should make the consequences of homophobic abuse by both the players and fans as strict as those for racism or any other type of discrimination. A campaign should also take place to emphasise to fans that homophobia in whatever form is not ok. A great player is just that - regardless of their sexual or gender orientation.
JD, UK

Sexism

Can boys play netball? I love netball and think it is better than football, but the are no male teams that I can join. Will boys' netball ever be taken seriously?
Rob Hewson, UK

Organisation

With reference to the fourth pledge from the South West Summit, Sport England are making it very difficult for NGBs to work with CSPs due to a massive cut in their funding. How can CSPs be 'made robust' when the majority of NGBs have insufficient funds to work with them? In fact, in many cases NGBs are being forced to withdraw support to CSPs causing many job losses.
Jane Cornelius, England

If we could turn leading football clubs into multisport clubs, many of the problems you pose would be solved. Such clubs would also link with schools, with medicine, with the arts - social hubs. Such a move would revolutionise British sport. Even the intention to do this would help the London 2012 bid.
Don Anthony, Britain

What attempts are being made to share support resources (ie: Photocopiers, projectors, meeting rooms) throughout all sports in an area? This would alleviate some of the costs that are prohibitive to amateur sports from making real progress.
Glyn Cooggon, England





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