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Would you improve sport in the UK?
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England rugby coach Andy Robinson
Is coaching adequate in this country?
If you could have a say in the future of British sport what would you change?

Well now is your chance because The Independent Sports Review wants to know your opinion.

The idea of the Review is to come up with long term plan covering everything from kickabouts to the Olympics.

What can be improved? Facilities? Coaching?

Or what about your sport's governing body? Are they doing a good job?

Send us your ideas using the form below.

Or log onto the Independent Sports Review website and fill in the survey.


Alexandra, 14, Gillingham
I think that sport should be introduced to children as young as possible. I have recently started coaching juniors at a hockey club and the best players and the ones that enjoy it most are the ones that started at an early age.


Gail, 42, Stevenage
I coach football at a junior school, if it wasn't for me and another Mum who started the team (I was qualified and she now is as well) there wouldn't be any football at the school.

We need more sport in primary and junior schools and more funding. We are both voluntary and coach at least two afternoons a week after school. Kids need the chance to find a sport that they enjoy and want to continue with, they will only do that by being given the chance to try different activities.


Jon, 14, Kingston
If head teachers stopped being so worried about law suits and focused on the educational enrichment of the children in their care, a lot more rugby would get played giving children a choice between sports, not just football.


Elise, 16, Australia
I go to school in Australia, and from the very beginning sport has been an integral part of school. In primary, we had an annual athletics and swimming carnival from our very first years and had teams competing in regional and state competitions in almost every sport.

This is continued in high school, and sport is part of the syllabus. We have mandatory three hours of sport a week at school. After school and weekends are dominated by sport throughout the entire country. The UK might like to look at this.


Anthony, 16, Coventry
It really is very simple. We have no way of spotting talent at an early age because the sport facilities are terrible in this country, some schools don't even have them.

Also more encouragement is needed, people are daunted by the 'anti-success culture' in this country, people don't want you to succeed because it will be funny for all your mates if you fail, so you might as well not try. This attitude needs to be taken away before you can see a real improvement in sport in this country.


Mal, 64, South Australia
Why does Australia produce so many world class sportspeople with only a third of Britain's population? Of course the weather helps, but in my opinion the most significant difference is opportunity. Australia has open sports clubs for everyone that wants to join, there is a natural progression from school sports to sport clubs.


Richy, 15, Forest of Dean
I would get rid of 'it's not the winning it's the taking part' theory because it doesn't work. In Australia kids are taught it's win or nothing and that's why they are probably the best producer of sporting talent.

Also I would build at least two top of the range training facilities in each county for all sports and the government should provide funds to all professional sports teams/clubs to improve their academies.


Anil, 16, Luton
I believe we need more coaches for each sport. There are not enough coaches teaching kids football in their early years. So come on Great Britain get your lazy bums off the couch and help kids who are our future!!!


Jess, 14, Bristol
I think that sports that are considered only for boys (i.e. rugby and football) should also be played by girls at a young age. I think that women's sports should also get more television broadcasting.


Brad, 17, London
I think schools should play more rugby league. From a young age to senior so we can smash the Aussies!


Emily, 16, Merseyside
Sport should be encouraged from an early age as part of an active lifestyle and also as a way to develop talent within the UK. Those with exceptional talent should then receive specialist coaching with assisted funding. This would mean that all children could take part rather than ones who are wealthy enough to afford it.


Daniel, 25, Birmingham
I believe that sport in schools needs to be radically changed. We should encourage competition in the sporting arena between children and schools. The competitive edge is healthy and everyone will be exposed to competition at some point or another in life.


Raphael, 15, Leeds
I feel rugby league is under played and subsequently underestimated for its results. Not enough staff realise this. It would build up strength and agility much quicker than rugby union which is overshadowing the game.


Sam, 31, Cirencester
We need activities which are suited to young people and are innovative rather than the staid, traditional ones. Cheaper indoor facilities would also enable more people to participate out of school. If you wish to improve success at international level then look at different systems.


GK, 36, Altrincham
Why is there no encouragement of sports in the Asian community by the leaders of sport? Given the chance, this community can produce excellent sportsman in all fields.

It comes down to discrimination between the social classes, and until we sort this problem we will always be second. Look at Australia and their stance.


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What is the Independent Sports Review?
The review is the first of its kind and is the first national look at sport since 1960
Former Sports Ministers Colin Moynihan and Kate Hoey head the Review
Other group members of the Review include Olympic medallists Sir Steve Redgrave, Pippa Funnell, Duncan Goodhew and Dr Stephanie Cook
The survey is open to players, coaches, teachers, volunteers and club members.


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