As the Olympics close, the Prime Minister has said that ‘promoting competitive team and individual sports will be at the heart of the new primary school curriculum’.
But it would be far better to promote non-competitive walking to children: enable and encourage them to walk to, from and around school; provide safe, traffic-free routes; inspire them to explore the local environment and to use the public paths; teach them how to protect those paths and who is responsible for maintaining them; encourage them in time to lobby their local councillors to put money in the path budget and to carry out their legal duty on the paths.
Most people can be good at walking, whereas many (like me) will never be good at competitive sport. Walking is truly inclusive, and probably healthier than competitive sport.
Public-path use and protection should be part of the national curriculum.