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MIKE Dolby may be right but surely this is a negative way of thinking and will not change attitudes in youngsters.

MIKE Dolby may be right but surely this is a negative way of thinking and will not change attitudes in youngsters.

He is also guilty of tarring all with the same brush and this is very unfair. I am sure there are hundreds of potential 2012 (or even 2016) sporting heroes in Solihull just waiting to be discovered and encouraged.

I admire the work Mike and others who work with aspiring athletes do and the time and dedication they show.

However, I would challenge Mike and other local sports trainers and coaches to go into our local schools and drum up enthusiasm and interest (this shouldn't be too difficult on the back of the fantastic achievements of Team GB in the Olympics).

Coaching sessions in different sports activities need to be made more available so children can try them out and see what they like.

I feel that schools and the local athletics club do not do enough.

My daughter, who is 15 next month, is very keen on athletics and sports generally - with some raw talent that needs to be nurtured and encouraged.

She is in the school netball, hockey, and rounders teams - but in athletics she has been over-looked on several occasions because she is not in the top two or three athletes competing.

This 'elitist' approach is not helping her and other youngsters to achieve their potential and has lowered her interest.

We recently went to a Solihull & Small Heath Athletics Club weekly meeting at Norman Green. While she was allowed to participate in the training, she was not encouraged to return and we found it difficult to talk to coaches - it was all a bit disappointing.

Maybe as a parent I could do more, I try to do my bit - but I am not a sportsman and do not have the skills or facilities, and maybe my daughter could be more self-motivated, but couldn't most teenagers?

Finally, I agree it would be great to have the German team (or any other Olympic team for that matter) use Solihull as a base in 2012 - but are our facilities up to the job?

Mr Morton, Solihull.

 

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