• November 22nd, 2010
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ok..so sometime has passed since the last post and that doesn’t mean nothing has been going on in the world of Hotspot.  Recently we have been at a variety of Premiership football clubs and spent sometime abroad in New York and Qatar.

It is a wonderful time to be involved in sport however there does seem to be some major differences in approach in the UK and abroad.  Standing at the side of a high school football game with 2000 people was a bit odd since it is unheard of in the UK.  The approach that testing and measurements are key and that each individual strives to be the best they can be regardless of stature are stark contrast to my experience in the UK  particularly in schools.  On more than one occasion I have been told that scores and times encourage elitism and leave the weaker behind.  Is this not the case in the real world?

Funnily enough our local MP when asked about a multi million pound sports village to be built in rural Worcester had a similar opinion in that it would not benefit the community.  In aspects of understanding British culture he may well be correct as are we actually motivated to achieve or mollycoddled into a sense of averageness?

The can  do attitude of the American people could do us all a favour in the UK in times of difficulty.  Do we simply look for someone to blame or find the solution?  Hotspot and Games Education are in the mind set of striving to be the best when it comes to our sport and training.  If you want to achieve in sport whether it is getting fitter, playing pro or in my case getting a free education in the states on a scholarship you have to put the time and effort in from a young age..like it or not!  Going back to the sports village what better way to motivate the local community to achieve than providing an opportunity to succeed?  Ok, so I have a had a little rant and in all honesty it is a free following dialogue that is just putting some thoughts out there.  I would love to hear back from anyone who reads this with there opinions on things raised in this rant and check back for more thoughts and feelings.

hope all is good…and make it count!

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  1. Iain, November 23, 2010:

    This is the first blog of yours I’ve read and to be honest I couldn’t agree more!!!

  2. Kris, November 23, 2010:

    I agree… The ‘it’s the taking part’ approach is obviously not yielding top class sports stars across a broad range of sports in the UK. Some people are better at sports and should be encouraged; just as others are more academic and should be pushed to achieve in the areas that their talents lie. Discuss!

  3. Gary Crooks, November 26, 2010:

    i can’t agree more. We breed succesive generations of young people who expect by right to achieve with as little effort as possible. Its a case of those who can do the rest just moan about it. I agree a win at all costs attitude is not helpful but civilisations were built on competition. NO we can’t all be world champions but we can be better. The school i work in has a motto ” Be the best you can”

  4. admin, November 29, 2010:

    Thanks for the comments. There will be more of this for sure

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