I remember being at school and there was lots of sports facilitys, like a basketball court, football/rugby pitch access to a local gravel park, an array of athletics equipment such as javelins and hurdles however this equipment was rarley ever used with the exeption of the PT lessons, there was a football team but it was run by the tech' teacher when he could afford the time and I don't remember them playing very often (I actually never seen the javelins come out of the store but perhaps thats understandable.). It seems a shame that those facillities where available but not taken full advantage of.
The benifits of sport are well documented Increased fitness, physical and mental health, and confidence among many more.
Also there is a shortage of affordable activities to keep young people occupied and entertained, resulting in part in the anti social drinking culture amoungst sections of our youth, providing extra ciricular sports for all children will offer an alternative healthy lifestyle and hopefully a reduction in youth anti social behaviour.
Finally there is the added national pride as improvement in grass roots sport would surley provide improved results in the profesional club and more importantly international levels.