How important is winning? The answer to this - apparently spurious - question massively influences the success criteria of school sport. If winning is the most important thing, it has implications that are far reaching. It influences how the game is coached, refereed, team selection, substitution, as well as the attitudes of players, coaches and parents to the opposition, the referee, cheating and their respect for the game.
The tone and spirit of school sport has changed significantly in the last twenty years. And not for the better. In the absence of more compelling success criteria, the default position has become the value system of the Daily Telegraph and Sky Sports - what are the results? Who has won? Who is unbeaten?
What is the implication of it all?
When winning becomes the driving force of school sport, lots of things change. The atmosphere...