And what of my own Sports Radio Birmingham show on my sport England Rugby….we host the Rugby World Cup in Birmingham Rugby next year with two games at Villa Park, England in September 2015
We were told by the RFU hierarchy and Stuart Lancaster the England’s Barmy Army Rugby Coach that we would compete with The All Blacks in their own back yard in the recent series in New Zealand Kiwis when we started by almost beating the Blacks but by the final game of the 3 match series we were soundly beaten….
Why…..? Again most Rugby Players are Public School Boys and most State Schools do NOT play for #Birmingham’s Moseley Rugby Club and Rugby union is not our national sport……mind you there is some good news as we did run the All Blacks close in the first game of the recent series and that I Love England’s Under 20’s Rugby XV won the Junior Rugby World MagazineCup for the second year running and I would like to say now that England will be competitive at home in next year’s Rugby World EPCR Champions Cup
Back to why we are so bad…..Successive Tory Government’s sold off our school playing fields to greedy residential developers and their friends in big business
Tony Blair understood the unifying nature of sport and lent his considerable weight to our Olympic bid which resulted in the best Olympiad at London 2012….
Birmingham Labour had Andy Howell’s Dad Sir Dennis Howell, an FA Cup Final referee and the Prime Mover behind Birmingham’s Olympic Bid in the 1980’s was a very successful Labour Sports Minister as was former Olympic high jumper Margaret Campbell and former England Rugby Full Back DerekWyatt North…..They had all competed in sport and been administrators at the elite level….LabourList understood the importance of sport
The decline in State School Sport (over 50 % of British Competitors at London 2012 were educated at Public Schools) has had a huge effect on our National Sporting Performance which has declined markedly since the devastating Thatcher Tory Government years.
The rise in childhood obesity can be directly correlated with the decline in state school sport and sporting participation in state schools and the decline in national sporting performance……
COME ON ENGLAND…….WAKE UP BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE TO REGAIN OUR SPORTING PRE-EMINENCE…..AFTER ALL WE INVENTED MOST OF THE WORLD’S MAJOR SPORTS…SOCCER, RUGBY, CRICKET, HOCKEY, & TENNIS