Friday, March 09, 2007

Going Up the Wall in Thanet

One new way of keeping abreast of what the youth of Thanet are up to these days is to monitor the YouTube website. Here we have a fascinating and creative example of one group devoted to running up and down walls on Margate sea front; encouraging us all to think seriously about the provision of local activities and resources designed to prevent the kids from "Going up the wall."

What's really sad is that a generation ago, what these kids are doing would have been the most basic gymnastics in the schools I once taught in. Today however, even being educated in a "specialist sports" school means that children have a good 60% or less physical education than they had in the eighties.

Times and teenagers don't change that much though, I used to do much the same at their age in Westgate and broke my arm falling off the promenade, aged thirteen. That was before the safety railings were introduced.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am delighted to see such initiative and skillful physical activity. A quote from a Year 9 Rugby playing pupil at Thanet's only specialist Sports College comes to mind; " I am now in my third year here and I have only had 2 matches against other schools". Is it a sign of our times that all the spin is in place but the reality is poor?

Anonymous said...

Can't fault them for making their own entertainment and keeping fit! Let's see more!

Anonymous said...

Pathetic attempt at Parkour.

Sue said...

There is only one Council in the country that spends less on Youth services than Kent. We reap what we sow.

Sue said...

Slight adjustment to my last post. Having done a bit of research, I find that in spending on services for 13 to 19 year olds, Kent comes 125th out of 135 Local Authorities. If that has changed in the last few years, I would love to know about it.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree that this is pathetic.what is the fascination of being able to jump over a small wall?