Just been reading the TES and the article on school sport. Steve Grainger is from the Youth Sport Trust is saying that school sport is in the best shape ever and that 90% of pupils have 2 hours of PE a week. 2 hours! 20 mins more like. Lessons dropped for extra maths. Pupils pulled out of PE for extra literacy support. But at the end of the year the PDM will tell the school to tick the box for 2 hours of PE. The use of coaching companies such as Premier Sport is praised. What is wrong with a teacher leading a club, even if they don't have coaching expertise? Surely the aim in school is to catch the enthusiasm then refer them onto a specific club out of school. My experience of outside coaching companies is that they have a high turnover of staff and pupils don't keep the enthusiasm they would have done if one member of staff ran the club regularly. I welcome coaches from specific local clubs but do not see the benefit in Premier Sport when they are a general coach, most of whom just have a Level 1 or 2 coaching award. I agree that there is a better link between clubs and schools but we are missing the below the average pupils. Only the best pupils go to the festivals - which are talent ID camps in disguise. Pupils do not get regular competition and as such don't progress. The only ones who do progress are the more able ones who seek clubs out of school. Anyway there is still a lot to be done for school sport. What does everyone else think?