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Competitive Sports at School


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Competitive sports have traditionally been played in schools including sports such as football, cricket, netball and many more. It is not uncommon for children to compete regularly against their fellow students and even against students from other schools. Some people are in favour of children playing competitive sports and think it is good for them, but others disagree, stating that the competitive nature of sport can be very discouraging to a lot of children and have a negative effect on their lives.


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  • benefit (noun)
  • traditionally (adverb)
  • competitive (adjective)
  • cricket (noun)
  • netball (noun)
  • uncommon (adjective)
  • potential (adjective)

The Question

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Should competitive sports be played in school?

Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to Competitive Sports at School
  • Did you play any competitive sports when you were at school?
  • What are the benefits of children playing competitive sports at school?
  • What are the potential negative effects of children playing competitive sports at school?
  • Overall, do you think competitive sports should be played at school?

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