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Alternative sports

PE and sport
Offering secondary students a choice of traditional and non-traditional PE is helping foster more positive attitudes to sport, says world number one inline skater Jenna Downing.

Visiting schools across the North West in my role as an athlete mentor, one thing is clear – PE is changing, and it is for the better.

Gone are the days when traditional sports were the only PE option, today schools are embracing the diversity of their student bodies by offering a wide variety of sporting options to suit every taste.

In my visits to schools over the past academic year I have been astounded by the range of sports on offer having witnessed students participating in horse-riding, zumba classes, ice-skating and even ultimate frisbee! Having made a career out of a non-traditional sport myself, it is fantastic to see schools being more creative about their sporting offer and I am positive this is going a long way towards instilling long-term positive attitudes to sport among students.

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