The majority of professional players in the English Rugby Union Premiership went to a fee paying school, according to an Ofsted report into sport in UK schools.
The watchdog also found:
- More than a third of top cricket players were privately educated.
- In many state schools, the quality of competitive sport was no better than average, while in a significant number it was weak, inspectors warned.
- Half of the 1,000 students quizzed by Ofsted said they regularly played sport in school against their classmates or rival schools.
- Another 40% said they regularly played sport outside of school.
- The report found that the best schools' competitive sport was flourishing because it was valued and seen as a key part of the culture and ethos.
- Coaches were hired to work alongside teachers and coach school teams, while teachers gave up their time to help organise activities and run teams.
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