Prime Minister John Major is studying plans to make team sports compulsory in schools and replace the playing field...
Prime Minister John Major is studying plans to make team sports compulsory in schools and replace the playing fields which were sold by local authorities in the 1980's, BBC Radio Four programme reported this morning.
Proposals by sports minister Ian Sproat would require five games - football, cricket, rugby, hockey and netball - to be offered by all schools. All teachers would have to be able to supervise sports and schools would be expected to take part in local and national competitions.
The thousands of playing fields would be replaced using funds from the national lottery.
Education secretary John Patten told the programme he was keen to see more sports in schools, but National Union of Teachers general secretary, Doug McAvoy, said teachers would be appalled at the prospect of working extra hours unpaid.