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Old 11th Feb 2008, 17:57
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Yoof of today!

Having a nice game or two of snooker today at my local club (I was winning in spectacular fashion you'll be pleased to hear . . ) and all of a sudden a swarm of hormonal school kids descended on the place. I went to the bar for another pint and low and behold it turns out once a week a class of kids come for an hour to play pool and snooker as part of PE (Physical Education)

Now i'm all for modern ways and i'm no grumpy old man (well, not old anyway) but this is a joke. How can this be classed as education? They were left virtually unsupervised, 4 to a table, smashing the balls around the table. When I was at school we used to play good old fashioned rugby and football, especially on perfect days like today. This must be a popular thing for the kids, an hour dossing around doing not a lot, but an hour could be better spent doing something more constructive, surely?

Anyone else seen something absurd like this?
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Old 11th Feb 2008, 18:02
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At my school there was a billiard table in the boarders' recreation hut (along with a record-player). Rugby was played during school lesson times though . . .
Mind you, that was half a century ago . . .
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Old 11th Feb 2008, 18:25
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Yeah, definitely the kids fault, obviously...

Any idea how few schools actually have rugby/football/hockey fields these days because the school has had to sell off the land so that they can afford such wasteful things as books?
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Old 11th Feb 2008, 19:40
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I rather think that was an indirect result of the fields being under-used following the left-leaning Teaching Union's antipathy to team sports and anything else that might smack of elitism.
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Old 11th Feb 2008, 20:39
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My local snooker club closed recently.

It was a throwback from a glorious age no women, no kids allowed. The steward sported one of the most challenging syrups I have ever seen. Twas pure tranquility just the knocking of balls on balls - they make a special sound undisturbed by the outside world. You had to ring a little bell to get a drink or a snack and then have a conversation with your old GP who is, and always has been, a bit of a lush.

Looking back it is quite unnerving how quiet the whole place was.

Surreal and it truly was.
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Old 11th Feb 2008, 22:12
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Candoo, you have taken me back 25 years in a single post.

When I was a teenager, my Uncle Len (a really old-fashioned Cornish farm hand) decided that at 16, I was finally 'adult' enough to accompany him to "the club". A private men-only snooker haven from the pressure and noise of real life, free from "carping wimmin" (his words) and kids. To be treated as an equal in this hallowed place was itself a right of passage, even though I was referred to as "the boy" (sounds better in local dialect). My cousins - all girls - were intensely jealous that I was allowed into their Dad's club and made welcome by all the old boys. All I had to come up with was the 2p for the light (they were on timed meters - light went out = game over even if you hadn't completed your frame).
I learnt a lot in that place - not least of all respect for the members, especially the old boys who were still playing in their eighties. And as for the joy of winnng my first frame....well, it was a real moment to cherish and the quiet "well done, boy" from my uncle spoke volumes in itself.

As for being swamped by an unruly bunch of kids...well, it wouldn't have heppened in that club, at that time. Times changed? I suppose so.... My uncle has now passed on, and I live in Lincolnshire so I doubt I'll go back. Pity.

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Old 12th Feb 2008, 08:29
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A bus turns up at our local leasure centre every tuesday afternoon and deposits about 40 kids who decide what they want to do for an hour ( the majority just mess about). Generally they frighten the old folk but are just boisterous rather than aggressive.
However this little jaunt costs the school 28000 per term.
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Old 12th Feb 2008, 08:42
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Old 12th Feb 2008, 10:12
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A few weeks ago I overheard a conversation in the gym between a young lad of about 11-12 and his dad.

The youth was apparently home from boarding school and was telling his dad how limited their options for sports were. They had use of a nearby sports centre in the evenings but were only allowed very limited use of the facility as the teaching staff couldn't or wouldn't (not sure which) provide supervision.

Such a shame as the lad and his compatriots were obviously eager to do sport and since so much time is spent berating the youth of today about their lack of fitness, etc.
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Old 12th Feb 2008, 14:36
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Nosefirsteverytime has got it spot on.
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Old 12th Feb 2008, 18:06
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Pool?? Pah! Chuck them in a pool. Make 'em swim or run round an athletics track till they puke. The only sort of PE we had when I was at school involved Physical Exercise till it hurt. Cross country running, aerobics and rugby (hockey for the girls) in the winter. Cricket, football (tennis for the girls) and athletics in the summer. Funny, I was never overweight till I started airline flying!
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Old 12th Feb 2008, 19:03
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Anyone else seen something absurd like this?
Absurd? Absolutely not, you can do a special course in snooker as part of your PE, AQA give you an award of recognition for doing it.

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Old 12th Feb 2008, 21:45
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Qualifications in snooker? I thought that it was a joke, until I checked out the AQA site.

Wish I could have had one in my day!

Do they also have one for "smoking behind the bike sheds"?
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Old 12th Feb 2008, 22:11
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A good sound thrashing every day is all the little feckers need,never did us any harm.
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Old 12th Feb 2008, 22:27
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I thought that it was a joke
Its designed for pupils in the 'crayon class' which would explain the ball smashing, its not a proper qualification more like a certificate of completion.

A good sound thrashing every day is all the little feckers need,never did us any harm.
Steady on now, they only wanted a game of pool
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Old 12th Feb 2008, 22:28
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I really felt like giving you six of the best for:

low and behold
However, the point that you make is quite correct. I cannot comprehend schoolchildren being given PE lessons in pub games. Leave these to learning from the wheezing lumpenproleteriat when they are through with school.
If was a state school, though, that's quite understandable.

You'll have to bend over for four for this, though:
hormonal school kids
(i) tautology
(ii) if it wasn't for hormones, your knob would be -><- this big and Myleene Klass would be a stick figure. Your choice.

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Old 12th Feb 2008, 22:49
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Pool? we usta dream of pool.
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Old 12th Feb 2008, 23:04
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Yep. Got to go to a pool once every couple of months. was the highlight of PE. Took me ages to learn how to swim!

Pool, snooker.... Might as well buy the little bratts a fekkin pint too.
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Old 12th Feb 2008, 23:28
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Anything ... as long as they don't want to be pilots.
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Old 13th Feb 2008, 10:39
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I left School in 2001, and in the latter half of our final year, you had the choice of doing PE or another Leisure activity, such as Bowling, [email protected] Quest or Ice Skating. We were accompanied by teachers, with transport to and from school, although as it was the last lesson of the day, you were allowed to make your own way home from the Leisure Activity, if you so wished.
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